November 27, 2017

Urgent Action: Defender Accused Of Undermining State Security (Burundi: UA 257.17)


Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), was arrested in Gitega on 21 November. Burundian police have accused him of undermining state security.

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Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), was arrested in Gitega on 21 November. Burundian police have accused him of undermining state security.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the authorities to release Nestor Nibitanga unless he is promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence that does not stem from his activities as a human rights defender;
  • Urging them to ensure that he is protected from torture or other ill-treatment while detained;
  • Calling on them to ensure that he has access to his family members and a lawyer of his choosing, pending his release;
  • Urging the authorities to stop harassing human rights defenders and to recognise the legitimacy of their activities.

Contact these two officials by 3 January, 2018:  

Minister of Public Security
Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni
Ministère de la Sécurité Publique
Avenue Nyabisindu
Ngagara, Quartier Industriel
Bujumbura, Burundi
Fax: +257 22 22 90 90
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Ernest Ndabashinze, Embassy of the Republic of Burundi
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 408, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 342 2574  I  Fax: 1 202 342 2578
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 257.17
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