“We Will Beat You to Correct You”: Abuses Ahead of Burundi’s Constitutional Referendum

The present report documents violations and abuses by state forces and actors close to the ruling party which occurred between January 2017 and the constitutional referendum in May 2018. Results are based upon interviews with abuse victims, witnesses, family members of victims, and five former members of the Imbonerakure. Victims are reported to have included opponents or suspected opponents of the ruling party, human rights activists, and journalists. An estimated 1,700 people were killed alongside further reports of forced disappearances, rape, torture, beatings, arbitrary detainment, and intimidation.

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