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Burundi Watch Update 73

EU Parliament warns Burundi Again

An assessment by the European Union Parliament of the situation in Burundi on 5 July 2017 led to the adoption of a resolution  that raised concerns over the human rights, humanitarian situation and the political situation in Burundi. The European Parliament was particularly alarmed by the dangers of  the amending the constitution that is mainly motivated by 4th presidential  term of President Pierre Nkurunziza.  They denounced the  continued crimes and hate speech occuring in the country. They strongly  believe  that the situation  can easily deteriorate into crisis with ethnic ovetones. The Parliament supported targeted  sanctions taken  against those accused of crimes and  the suspension of aid to the government as decided in line to article 96 of the Cotonou agreement. The parliament demanded the  desarmament of the Imbonerakure militia. The other matter that worried the EU include the continued displacement as the number of refugees continue  to grow  and demanded  increase of assistance to refugees that settled within the region. 

Anger  as report faults government

The Burundi national human rights institution(CNIDH) came under severe criticisms for siding with the government in face of grave human rights abuses. This is against its mandate under the Burundi constititon. This has led to it being degraded to status B in late November 2016. This time around as the President of the CNIDH presented the 2016 annual report to the National Assembly on 5 July 2017, the ruling party’s MPs including Gelase Daniel Ndabirabe strongly criticised the institution which is now believed to be presenting fake reports on Burundi with the aim to  recover credibility from donors. The President of the CNIDH, Jean Baptiste Baribonekeza stood his ground and contended that on the reporting period, the  CNIDH observed a remarkable increase in human rights violation and  advised the authorities to take into account  the human rights report to adress the situation urgently.

The president of the national institution of human rights

 Killings and grenade attacks

 Some of the reported cases of killings and grenade attacks include:

·       On 3 July 2017, An italian surgeon working with Kira Hospital in Bujumbura,  Dr  Franco Simoné was stabbed to death in Kiriri in the city of Bujumbura

·       On 3 July 2017,  Unidentified lifeless body  was recovered  in Matana

·       On 4 July 2017, François Nduwayo was killed by unkown persons  in Kiramira in the District of Rugombo

·       On 9 July 2017,  grenade attack in Shinya in the District of Gatara resulted in eight(8) persons being killed and an estimated number of 66 wounded

·       On 9 July 2017, a lifeless body of unidentified person was recovered in Ruvyironza river at Rweza hill in the District of Giheta. The victim showed several traces of wounds

 Arbitrary arrests and abductions

 Some of the arrests and abductions that were reported during the period report:

·       On 4 July 2017, Frank Niyukuri was abducted from Bujumbura by the NIS  and taken to unknown destination

·       On 5 July 2017, a  police search was operated  in Gitega central prison. Several items were  seized by the police

 On 7 July 2017, two FNL members, Charles Bizimana and Jean Claude Magenge were abducted in Nyamurenza in the District of Ngozi

·       On 6 July 2017, three persons were arrested in Jimbi in the District of Makamba

·       On 4 July 2017, a journalist working with Radio Maria, Joseph Bananeno was arrested and detained at Buyenzi police station as national police accused him of attempting to public safety. He was released 3 days later

·       On 5 July 2017, Ntirampeba was arrested  by the governor of Makamba  Gad Niyukuri as he returned from exile in Tanzania

·       On 5 July 2017, fourteen(14)  women, 2 babies and an estimated number of thirty teenagers were arrested by the Imbonerakure militiamen in the District of Makamba

·       On 4 July 2017, three persons were ambushed on a motorcycle in Gisuru, Ruyigi. Two were wounded by the assailants who shot at them

·       On 5 July 2017, five(5)  persons were  arrested as they are  accused by national police and administration of burning Vyanda national

forest

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EU Parliament warns Burundi Again
An assessment by the European Union Parliament1 of the situation in Burundi on 5 July 2017 led to the adoption of a resolution that raised concerns over the human rights, humanitarian situation and the political situation in Burundi.
The European Parliament was particularly alarmed by the dangers of the amending the constitution that is mainly motivated by 4th presidential term of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
They denounced the continued crimes and hate speech occuring in the country. They strongly believe that the situation can easily deteriorate into crisis with ethnic ovetones.
The Parliament supported targeted sanctions taken against those accused of crimes and the suspension of aid to the government as decided in line to article 96 of the Cotonou agreement. The parliament demanded the desarmament of the Imbonerakure militia.
The other matter that worried the EU include the continued displacement as the number of refugees continue to grow and demanded increase of assistance to refugees that settled within the region.
1 http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=P8-RC-2017-0465&format=XML&language=EN
Anger as report faults government
The Burundi national human rights institution(CNIDH) came under severe criticisms for siding with the government in face of grave human rights abuses. This is against its mandate under the Burundi constititon. This has led to it being degraded to status B in late November 2016.
This time around as the President of the CNIDH presented the 2016 annual report to the National Assembly on 5 July 2017, the ruling party’s MPs including Gelase Daniel Ndabirabe strongly criticised the institution which is now believed to be presenting fake reports on Burundi with the aim to recover credibility from donors.
The President of the CNIDH, Jean Baptiste Baribonekeza stood his ground and contended that on the reporting period, the CNIDH observed a remarkable increase in human rights violation and advised the authorities to take into account the human rights report to adress the situation urgently.
Killings and grenade attacks
Some of the reported cases of killings and grenade attacks include:
 On 3 July 2017, An italian surgeon working with Kira Hospital in Bujumbura, Dr Franco Simoné was stabbed to death in Kiriri in the city of Bujumbura
 On 3 July 2017, Unidentified lifeless body was recovered in Matana
 On 4 July 2017, François Nduwayo was killed by unkown persons in Kiramira in the District of Rugombo
 On 9 July 2017, grenade attack in Shinya in the District of Gatara resulted in eight(8) persons being killed and an estimated number of 66 wounded
 On 9 July 2017, a lifeless body of unidentified person was recovered in Ruvyironza river at Rweza hill in the District of Giheta. The victim showed several traces of wounds
Arbitrary arrests and abductions
Some of the arrests and abductions that were reported during the period report:
 On 4 July 2017, Frank Niyukuri was abducted from Bujumbura by the NIS and taken to unknown destination
 On 5 July 2017, a police search was operated in Gitega central prison. Several items were seized by the police
 On 7 July 2017, two FNL members, Charles Bizimana and Jean Claude Magenge were abducted in Nyamurenza in the District of Ngozi
 On 6 July 2017, three persons were arrested in Jimbi in the District of Makamba
 On 4 July 2017, a journalist working with Radio Maria, Joseph Bananeno was arrested and detained at Buyenzi police station as national police accused him of attempting to public safety. He was released 3 days later
 On 5 July 2017, Ntirampeba was arrested by the governor of Makamba Gad Niyukuri as he returned from exile in Tanzania
 On 5 July 2017, fourteen(14) women, 2 babies and an estimated number of thirty teenagers were arrested by the Imbonerakure militiamen in the District of Makamba
 On 4 July 2017, three persons were ambushed on a motorcycle in Gisuru, Ruyigi. Two were wounded by the assailants who shot at them
 On 5 July 2017, five(5) persons were arrested as they are accused by national police and administration of burning Vyanda national forest