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Proposal Would Have Upheld Trans, Non-Binary People’s Rights

(Berlin) – Spain’s Congress of Deputies on May 18, 2021, rejected a landmark legislative proposal that would have allowed legal gender recognition based on self-determination, Human Rights Watch said today. The existing process for modifying…
The president of the Trans Platform Federation, Mar Cambrollé seen during a rally to pass the so-called 'Trans Law' in the Congress of Deputies in Madrid.
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Drop Baseless Charges; Investigate Intelligence Service

(Nairobi) – Burundian authorities should drop baseless charges and release eight former Burundian refugees who were forcibly returned from Tanzania in August 2020. On February 26, 2021, the Muha High Court in Bujumbura ruled against their provisional…
Sign outside the Muha High Court in Bujumbura, Burundi.
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Security Council Scrutiny Vital to Justice, Reform

(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should continue to monitor the worrying human rights situation in Burundi with a particular focus on ongoing violations and accountability, Human Rights Watch said today. Security incidents and reports…
File photo showing a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
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Ensure Adequate Reception Conditions, Access to Information and Asylum

(Milan) – Spanish authorities should immediately alleviate overcrowded and unsanitary conditions on the Arguineguín pier, Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, Human Rights Watch said today. Since November 7, 2020, when Human Rights Watch…
Men disembark from a wooden boat at the Arguineguín pier, on Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, after a dangerous journey in the Atlantic Ocean.
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President Ndayishimiye Changes Tack on Covid-19

(Nairobi) – Burundi’s new president, Évariste Ndayishimiye, should make protecting and promoting human rights a priority during his presidency, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the president made public today. The new…
President Évariste Ndayishimiye’s inauguration ceremony in Gitega, Burundi, on June 18, 2020. Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza.
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Authorities Silence Health Workers, Endanger Prisoners

(Nairobi) – Burundi’s government is failing to communicate fact-based information on the Covid-19 pandemic and preventing doctors and nurses from responding adequately. The government’s response is fueling fear and rumors about the spread of…
A voter holds her identity card in her mouth as she washes her hands before casting her vote in the presidential election, in Giheta, Gitega province, Burundi, on May 20, 2020.
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Ensure Accountability for Past Abuse

(Nairobi) – Burundi’s authoritarian president, Pierre Nkurunziza, whose death was confirmed in a government statement on June 9, 2020, leaves a legacy of political repression and widespread human rights abuse. Days after the constitutional…
Burundi’s former president, Pierre Nkurunziza, who died on June 8, 2020, attends a rally to launch the ruling party’s campaign calling for a “Yes” vote in the constitutional referendum, in Bugendana, Gitega province, Burundi, May 2, 2018.
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Allegations of Abuse, Fraud

(Nairobi) – Serious allegations of abuse during Burundi’s May 20, 2020 elections should be investigated and those responsible held accountable. After a campaign for presidential, legislative, and communal elections marred by violence,…
Women queue to cast their votes in the presidential election, in Giheta, Gitega province, Burundi, May 20, 2020.
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Unsanitary Quarantine Conditions; Aid Access Blocked

(Nairobi) – Burundian authorities risk putting people in grave danger without the free flow of fact-based information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking about the country’s exposure to the virus, President Pierre Nkurunziza’s…
People wash their hands as a preventive measure against COVID-19, on their arrival in Gatumba, Burundi, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 18, 2020.
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Health Risks and International Law Require Safer Alternatives

(Brussels) – People in immigration detention in European countries pending deportation should be given alternatives to detention amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. “While entire societies learn to live under…
Women in the Ponte Galeria immigration detention center near Rome, Italy May 6, 2017.
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Onslaught on Free Speech as Elections Loom

  (Nairobi) – The conviction of four Burundian journalists in a flawed trial on January 30, 2020 is a clear example of the misuse of the justice system to stifle freedom of expression, Human Rights watch said today.…
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Rein in Ruling Party Youths, Ensure Accountability

(Nairobi) – Local officials and members of the widely feared youth wing of Burundi’s ruling party have extorted donations for the upcoming 2020 elections, in many cases with threats or force, Human Rights Watch said in a report released…
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Failing Diplomatic Talks Show Need for a Different Path

(Geneva) – Almost three in every four people responding to a new poll in 10 European countries want their governments to work for an international treaty prohibiting lethal autonomous weapons systems, Human Rights Watch said today. At…
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Clampdown on Free Speech Increases as Elections Near

(Nairobi) – The Burundi authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four journalists and their driver arrested on October 22, 2019 while they were on a reporting trip to Bubanza Province for Iwacu newspaper. …
From left to right: Térence Mpozenzi, Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana, and Adolphe Masabarakiza.
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Ensure Repatriations Are Voluntary

(Nairobi) – Tanzania should protect Burundian refugees fleeing widespread abuses instead of requiring them to return to Burundi against their will. Tanzanian authorities have announced a plan to send all 183,000 Burundian…
A Tanzanian policeman watches over as Burundian refugees gather on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kagunga village in Kigoma region in western Tanzania, where they wait for transport to Kigoma township, May 17, 2015.
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Refugees in Tanzania Told to Return; Inquiry Vital Ahead of 2020 Polls

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should extend the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi during its ongoing session in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission published its latest report on…
Member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, Françoise Hampson (L), and chairman Doudou Diène (C), give a press conference to present a report on rights violations in the country on September 5, 2018 in Geneva.
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2004 Attack on Congolese Civilians Killed More Than 150

(Goma) – Victims of an armed attack on a refugee camp in Burundi and their families are still waiting for justice and compensation 15 years later. The attack on the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi killed more than 150 Congolese…
Mourners gather on August 16, 2004, around the coffins of more than 150 Congolese Tutsi massacred at Gatumba, a United Nations-run refugee camp in Burundi.
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Manirumva Case Highlights Impunity of the Powerful

(Nairobi) – The government of Burundi has failed to deliver justice for the killing of Ernest Manirumva, a Burundian anti-corruption activist, a decade ago. The emblematic case is an example of political interference with criminal investigations,…
Funeral of Ernest Manirumva, vice-president of the Burundian civil society group OLUCOME, on April 13, 2009. Manirumva, who had helped to expose several cases of corruption in Burundi, was murdered at his home in Bujumbura on April 9, 2009.
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End Discrimination in Education Against Pregnant Girls, Adolescent Mothers

African governments should ensure the right to education for all girls by ending discrimination against those who are pregnant or have children, Human Rights Watch said today ahead of the United Nations International Day of the…
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