02/13/2018

Urgent Action: Members of NGO Wrongly Accused, Facing Trial (Burundi: UA 31.18)


Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Aimé Constant Gatore and Marius Nizigiyimana are on trial for “threatening state security” and using fake documents. A verdict is expected on 26 February. They are members of the Burundian non-governmental organization Words and Actions for the Awakening of Consciences and the Evolution of Mentalities (PARCEM). Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience.

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Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Aimé Constant Gatore and Marius Nizigiyimana are on trial for “threatening state security” and using fake documents. A verdict is expected on 26 February. They are members of the Burundian non-governmental organization Words and Actions for the Awakening of Consciences and the Evolution of Mentalities (PARCEM). Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience.

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

  • Urging the authorities to drop all charges against Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Aimé Constant Gatore and Marius Nizigiyimana and release them immediately and unconditionally;
  • Calling on them to ensure that they have access to their family and lawyer of their choice, pending their release;
  • Urging them to ensure that they are protected from torture or other ill-treatment while detained;
  • Urging the authorities to stop harassing human rights defenders and to publicly recognize the legitimacy of their activities.

Contact these two officials by 27 March, 2018:

Minister of Justice
Aimée Laurentine Kanyana
Ministry of Justice
BP 1305
Bujumbura, Burundi
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 31.18
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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