APRIL 2008

1-56432-309-9

“Every Morning They Beat Me”
Police Abuses in Burundi

Map of Burundi ........................................................................................................ 1
I. Summary...............................................................................................................2
Methodology.......................................................................................................4
II. Recommendations ...............................................................................................5
To the Government of Burundi.............................................................................5
To Donor Partners ...............................................................................................5
To the UN Peacebuilding Fund............................................................................ 6
III. Events in Rutegama Commune ............................................................................7
Interrogation, Torture and Ill-Treatment ............................................................. 10
Paying for freedom............................................................................................ 13
Police Brutality and Intimidation of Local Residents .......................................... 14
IV. Background....................................................................................................... 16
The Burundian National Police .......................................................................... 18
V. The Official Response to Reports of Human Rights Violations ............................23
Professionalism and Impunity ...........................................................................27
VI. International and Burundian National Law......................................................... 31
VII. Response by International Actors.....................................................................34
VIII. Annex: Documented Cases of Police Abuse in Rutegama Commune................ 36

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