Civil society and independent media have been specifically targeted and several journalists have been arrested and charged. One of the people from civil society who has been arrested is Germain Rukuki who worked at a local organization called "Action by Christians for Abolition of Torture". In 2018 he was sentenced to 32 years in prison for "threatening state security". This is happening in one of the poorest countries in the world, where 74 percent of the population "lives in multidimensional poverty" due to systemic economic mismanagement. What are the measures that need to take place to improve the situation for Burundian citizens?
In the panel:
- Carine Kaneza Nantulya, Africa Advocacy Director within the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. Before this she was the spokesperson for the Women and Girls Movement for Peace and Security in Burundi
- Chantal Mutamuriza, founder of ACAT-Burundi, an organization Germain volunteered for in his youth and worked for. She witnessed Germain’s early years of engagement to promote and protect human rights in Burundi.
- Representative from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moderator will be the director for The Norwegian Council for Africa, Aurora Nereid.
Germain’s case is a part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign. We encourage all of you to sign the petition and demand that Germain is released unconditionally now:
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