07/16/2018

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Marks One Year in Prison (Burundi: 32.18)


Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Germain Rukuki was arrested one year ago on 13 July 2017. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison on 26 April 2018. In June, he was hospitalised and underwent surgery for injuries sustained in prison. He has since been returned to prison although he requires continued treatment.

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Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Germain Rukuki was arrested one year ago on 13 July 2017. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison on 26 April 2018. In June, he was hospitalised and underwent surgery for injuries sustained in prison. He has since been returned to prison although he requires continued treatment.

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

  • Urging the Burundian authorities to overturn Germain Rukuki’s conviction and immediately and unconditionally release him from arbitrary detention;
  • Urging them to ensure that Germain Rukuki receives adequate medical treatment as required by his state of health;
  • Urging them to end intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders.

Contact these two officials by 24 August, 2018:
Minister of Justice
Aimee Laurentine Kanyana

Ministry of Justice
BP 1305
Bujumbura, Burundi
Twitter: @AimeeLaurentine
Salutation: Dear Minister

Benjamin Manirakiza, Chargé d’Affaires
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
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