Burundi terrifies rights activists, NGOs closed

Burundi peace processFrom OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – THE discredited government of Burundi has unleashed a crackdown of civil society organisations, signaling the growing repression of human rights defenders since President Pierre Nkurunziza clung to power at the expiry of his mandate in 2015.
Five civil society organisations promoting good governance and the fight against corruption have been banned while four are provisionally suspended.
The United Nations denounced the crackdown as alarming in view of the overall situation for human rights defenders in the country.
UN rights experts drew attention to allegations of enforced disappearances with unconfirmed reports of over 60 cases during the last two months of 2016.
They cited as an example of Marie-Claudette Kwizera, former treasurer of the non-governmental Ligue ITEKA, who disappeared in December 2015.
Her whereabouts remain unknown.
UN experts said the move were the latest in a series of attacks on the rights to freedom of expression and association in Burundi.

The situation for human rights defenders has been dramatically deteriorating for more than a year and a half.

“Rights campaigners who have not yet left the country fear for their life and are under relentless intimidation, threat of arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances,” UN rights experts stated yesterday (Tuesday).

Rapporteurs urged the government to end to the climate of impunity and to cooperate with a Commission of Inquiry.

Burundi has snubbed the inquiry and pulled out of the International Criminal Court. – CAJ NEWS

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