Amnesty: Burundi using torture to extract confessions

Report says National Intelligence Service and Burundian National Police behind tactics

Amnesty: Burundi using torture to extract confessions

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amnesty International’s regional office in Kenya released a report on Friday that accused the Burundian government of using torture to “extract confessions” from innocent people.

Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for East Africa, said following the report’s release that Burundian forces should immediately stop using torture to extract information from civilians.

“Most of the testimonies that are in our report are disturbing and shocking,” Jackson said. “The Burundian constitution clearly outlaws torture. We have documented chilling testimonies from the Burundian people.”

Jackson said the victims that Amnesty spoke to indicated that the National Intelligence Service and the Burundian National Police were behind the tactics. 

Earlier this week, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was sworn in for a controversial third term in power Thursday, the presidency said, following elections last month, weeks of protests and a failed coup.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2015, 11:59