US News Burundi: the representative of a Tutsi association detained for fifteen days

06:50  15 july  2020
06:50  15 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Thérence Bushano a été arrêté à l'aéroport de Bujumbura. © Wikimedias Thérence Bushano was arrested at Bujumbura airport.

Thérence Bushano, a civil society activist, is in police custody, officially for "attack on internal security".

The vice-president of a Tutsi anti-genocide association was arrested with three journalists from the Iwacu media who were interviewing him in the parking lot of Melchior Ndadaye airport in Bujumbura. Iwacu is one of the last independent media outlets to operate in the country. The interview had just started. The subject of the interview was about the official commemoration of the 25th massacre of Hutu students in 1995, the only sad event of its kind officially celebrated in this country which abounds in such cases.

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The ceremony also included the reading of a testimony of a survivor. Attended by approximately 400 members of the diplomatic community, UN representatives , students and staff, the commemoration began with traditional Rwandan music and a candle lighting ceremony.

The Day of Reflection offered an opportunity to consider the factors that had led to such mass atrocity, she said, and to renew the collective pledge of “never again”. In other business, delegates took note of a letter from the Secretary-General informing them that 14 Member States were in arrears under

The arrest comes to fuel the controversy between communities on the right to commemorate his dead. The three journalists were released after three hours of interrogation, after erasing from their camera what they had already recorded. Thérence Bushano is taken to a dungeon for the prosecution service, where he has just spent his sixteenth night.

So far, he has only been heard once on Saturday, according to his relatives, who say they fear for his life because "he has been on dialysis for years". The old human rights defender is officially prosecuted for "threatening the internal security of the state" for having given an interview at the airport, a site classified as "sensitive", according to a judicial source.

His association, AC Genocide, speaks of a "pretext", recalling that that day, the University of Burundi had organized an official ceremony to commemorate the massacre of dozens of Hutu students killed by Tutsi extremists there At 25, at the height of the civil war from 93 to 2006. Behind this commemoration is a powerful association of survivors of these massacres which includes in particular the main military leaders of the ex-Hutu rebels of the ruling CNDD-FDD, including new head of state, General Evariste Ndayishimiye.

Thérence Bushano is today one of the rare discordant voices still present in Burundi since the crisis of 2015. He was arrested, according to the Tutsi Association to fight against genocide, for having repeatedly denounced "the double standard" , two measures "of the authorities, accused of now focusing on the only crimes committed against the Hutu majority.

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