SOS-TORTURE/BURUNDI REPORT No. 162 ISSUED 19 JANUARY 2019
At least three (3) persons were murdered in different localities. Among the victims, two young men whose dead bodies were found in Kinama (Bujumbura) and Bukemba (Rutana). The third victim is a cadre of Bujumbura International Airport.
The report also refers to one (1) case of arbitrary arrest. The victim was tortured by police agents who arrested him.
The last point developed concerns the forced “collections” made with the teachers for the electoral deadlines projected in 2020. These collections take place without control of the administration and sometimes with strong threats of the provincial authorities in charge of the education.
- Violations of the right to life and to physical integrity
- Unidentified individuals murdered a young man whose body was found on Bugiga hill, Bukemba commune, Rutana province (south-east of the country) on 14 January 2019. Witnesses report that the body was in a field of rice, with traces on her arms, signs that she was tortured before her death.
Sos-Torture/Burundi notes that the police and the administration have not identified the victim to date. It would be an execution committed elsewhere, the body having been moved later on this hill whose inhabitants also do not know the identity of the person killed.
- Unidentified individuals murdered Arsene Ndabihawenimana whose body was found in a gutter located in Socartie quarter, Kinama zone, Ntahangwa commune (north of Bujumbura city) on January 15, 2019. The victim was the Director of Electricity Department of Bujumbura International Airport. Witnesses report that Mr. Ndabihawenimana was strangled.
Sos-Torture/Burundi notes that police have not identified any suspects to date.
- Unidentified individuals murdered a young man whose body was discovered in Kayanza commune and province (north-west of the country) on January 17, 2019. Witnesses report that the victim was tied up and then slaughtered.
Sos-Torture/Burundi notes that the young man was niether identified neither by local residents nor by Kayanza police agents. This would also be an execution committed elsewhere, the executioners having moved the body at this location to avoid its identification. Sos-Torture/Burundi further notes that, as usual, the local administration ordered the victim’s immediate burial, without allowing extensive investigations.
- Violations of the right to liberty and physical security
- Police agents arrested and tortured Adrien Sibomana on Nyamitanga hill, Ndava zone, Buganda commune, Cibitoke province (north-west of the country) on 12 January 2019. Eyewitnesses report that police agents accused him of teft three days ago.
Sos-Torture/Burundi notes the violence of the blows inflicted on the victim, which has deteriorated his state of health. Relatives report that Mr. Sibomana is a member of the opposition coalition Amizero y’Abarundi and that he refused to join the ruling party CNDD-FDD. This is an arbitrary arrest, politically motivated since no proof of theft has been brought to the person concerned or his family. Relatives are also worried about not having access to the detainee to bring him food. SOS-Torture/Burundi notes that torturers have not been arrested or questioned about these serious human rights violations.
- Teachers increasingly threatened to “contribute”
Sos-Torture/Burundi has received several testimonies from teachers in Rumonge province (south-west of the country) forced to threaten to contribute to the 2020 elections up to 2000 francs each. This amount is added to another “contribution” of 5,000 francs collected at source on the salaries of all teachers in Burundi by the government for the same elections.
Sos-Torture/Burundi notes double taxation that has no legal basis and is controlled directly by provincial education officials. Teachers report that same education officials threaten to forward names of teachers who do not pay them to the ministry.
SOS-Torture/Burundi was initiated with the aim of informing national and international opinion about serious human rights violations under way in Burundi through monitoring reports, particularly on torture, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, sexual violence and summary executions.This initiative to inform about the realities of the country followed a series of assassinations of a hundred people killed during the day of 11 and 12 December , 2015 by the police and military on the pretext of pursuing rebels who came to attack military camps on the outskirts of the capital city.The affected zones are said to be contesting the third term of President Nkurunziza namely Musaga, Mutakura, Cibitoke, Nyakabiga, Jabe, the last two being located in the center of the Bujumbura City Council.