02/13/2018

Urgent Action Update: Detained Human Rights Defender Awaiting Trial (Burundi: UA 257.17)


Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), remains in detention awaiting trial for charges of ‘threatening state security’ and ‘rebellion’. He was arrested in Gitega, Burundi on 21 November 2017. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.

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Nestor Nibitanga, a former member of the deregistered Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), remains in detention awaiting trial for charges of ‘threatening state security’ and ‘rebellion’. He was arrested in Gitega, Burundi on 21 November 2017. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.

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

  • Urging the authorities to drop all charges and release Nestor Nibitanga immediately and unconditionally;
  • Calling on them to ensure that he has access to his family and the lawyer of his choice, pending his release;
  • Urging them to ensure that he is protected from torture or other ill-treatment while detained;
  • Urging them 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 257.17
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