In Burundi like in many other countries in ethnic violences and conflicts, it is the state that mostly uses its powers to oppress its citizens.
In such situation, it is very difficult to get fair report of crimes committed, since the government (usually responsible for gathering such data) is the main perpetrator.
Burundi Crime Watch’s mission is to collect, document and keep record of all evidence where the state via its representatives is involved in gross human rights abuses or fails to protect victims of such abuses; and inform all international competent bodies to take appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian, legal and other means to protect populations from these crimes.
Having collected and still collecting evidence on how the state is torturing, abusing, arresting, forcibly disappearing and killing innocent citizens in Burundi, Burundi Crime Watch seeks urgent measures to be taken by the International Community in order to:
1. To speed up investigations on President Nkurunziza and his government and issue international warrants against all perpetrators if crimes against humanity so that they can be arrested and be brought to International Criminal Court to face Justice.
2. Do whatever it takes to make sure free and fair elections are held in Burundi to restore the rule of law.
3. To stop all bilateral cooperation with Burundi since the government is using means from Foreign assistance to oppress its citizens.
4. Put in place other measures to continue the support to the Burundian population via non-governmental partners.
5. Send peace keeping forces troops to Burundi in close cooperation with regional member states to protect citizens since the state police and army are being used by the government to abuse the population.
In a situation where the state has failed to “carry the primary responsibility of protecting populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, and the incitement of these crimes” ; and worse, where It has become a perpetrator rather than a protector, international human rights law suggests that “the International Community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.”
Burundi Crime Watch is what its name indicates. We are keeping a close eye on every crime committed in Burundi by those whose first responsibility is the RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT.
In other words, we are here:
To condemn all crimes committed by anyone who holds an authoritative position emanating from the government, who therefore acted as a government agent at the time the crime was being committed.
To inform the international community, especially those with power to arrest and judge criminals against such person.
To professionally record all evidences with intention to share them with competent partner international organisations with powers to investigate.
When investigations start, we believe that we will have made a significant step in : “Denouncing Crime and Human Rights Abuse in Burundi”
“The International Community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.”
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La CPI entame un examen préliminaire sur le Burundi
"...je suis de près la situation au Burundi depuis avril 2015 et j’ai exhorté, à plusieurs reprises, toutes les parties impliquées dans ces événements à renoncer à la violence. Je les ai prévenues que toute personne qui commettrait des crimes relevant de la Cour pénale internationale, pourrait être tenue responsable à titre individuel..."
Fatou Bensouda, 25 avril 2016
Wesley Gryk Solicitors - Statement for Burundi
An immigration law firm based in London denounces the international community’s inaction in the Burundi Crisis.
" We ask for compensation for the beareved families, raped women and persons tortured under the eyes of the United Nations. We ask that international arrests warrants againts president Nkurunziza, the minister of Security and the minsiter of Defence"
Burundi Crime Watch would like to invite you all to join the Banyamulenge community in The UK as they commemorate the 13th anniversary of the Gatumba Genocide. The event will take place on:
Date: 12th of August 2017
Location: St John’s , Clough Road, Hull, Hu6 7PA,
As part of this event, there will be a short film about the Gatumba genocide. This important event held annually in different countries around the world honors 164 innocent congolese Banyamulenge refugees who were massacred on the 13th of august 2004 inside the Gatumba Refugee Camp in Burundi. Many of the victims included women and children.
The Gatumba Refugee Survivors is a network of survivors of the Gatumba genocide resettled mainly in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada. They offer healing and community integration services to survivors who came to these countries as refugees. They also advocate against torture, violence, massacre and genocides in the Eastern DRC and the whole Great Lakes Region of Africa.
As Burundians, we know that this crime was committed on the soil of Burundi, therefore it is naturally our responsibility to support the survivors and victims and raise awareness of this genocide and seek to bring perpetrators to justice. It is now, more than any other time, very important for us to denounce the genocide ideology in the great lakes regions as many other congolese Tutsi "Banyamulenge" are still living in Burundi, a country led by some of those who commited the Gatumba Genocide.
For more details about the event, please contact: