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Burundi Crime Watch intends to monitor and document all systematic human right abuses, war crimes and acts of genocide that are committed in Burundi.

 

Almost all major systematic crimes are state crimes that are committed by law enforcement officers against a powerless civilian population.

Among crimes committed are:

  • Violent repression against civilian protesters

  • Firing on unarmed protestors 

  • Physical and sexual violence against minors

  • Gang rape as a repressive tool by security forces and state sponsored militia men

  • Aggression against and killing of the wounded in hospitals and health care institutions

  • Systematic enforced disappearances

  • Arbitrary arrests and detentions in inhumane conditions

  • Widespread torture in official and unofficial detention facilities

  • Denying medical assistance to the tortured

  • Targeted assassinations

  • Mass killings and concealing bodies in mass graves

  • Acts of genocides

According to the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 and the Rome statute of the international criminal court (ICC), all these crimes committed are classed as crimes against humanity and crimes against peace

Definition of Crimes against Humanity

Crimes against humanity are certain acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population.
They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. The Rome statute of the ICC (link here: http://www.preventgenocide.org/law/icc/statute/part-a.htm|) in its article 7 lists these crimes as:

            (a)     Murder;  

            (b)     Extermination;  

            (c)     Enslavement; 

            (d)     Deportation or forcible transfer of population; 

            (e)     Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;  

            (f)     Torture;  

            (g)     Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;  

            (h)     Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court; 

            (i)     Enforced disappearance of persons;  

            (j)     The crime of apartheid;

 

The Burundian Government and its security forces are committing crimes on broad day light under the international community.

Burundi Crime Watch intends to use all means to record, collect and store all evidences of crimes, and will do everything possible hold perpetrators to account. As justice in Burundi is neither equipped nor impartial enough to investigate, judge and punish these crimes, Burundi Crime Watch will in the first instance prioritise and approach international law enforcements bodies such as the ICC to prosecute these crimes.

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