Narrowing of democratic space in Burundi.
69 pages : color map ; 27 cm
"Burundi's 2010 election period was marked by repression of civil society, media, and opposition parties. After claiming that communal elections in May were fraudulent, opposition parties boycotted subsequent elections, which resulted in a massive electoral victory for the ruling party. The government responded with a crackdown on liberties that continued into the post-election period. It banned political meetings, outlawed an opposition coalition, and unlawfully acted to convert the main opposition party into a satellite of the ruling party. Authorities arrested several hundred opposition members; some were tortured. They also arrested journalists, harassed civil society organizations, and branded those who spoke out on security and justice issues as 'political opponents.' Since September, a new wave of killings has targeted members of both the ruling party and the opposition. The specter of a de facto one-party state, consisting mainly of officials who perceive dissident voices as enemies, raises concerns about future repression and the narrowing of democratic space in Burundi. The possibility of renewed armed conflict heightens concerns of abuse by the government and armed movements. This report documents the factors leading to the democratic breakdown, and the closing space for political opposition, human rights defenders and journalists. It also examines the international reaction to such abuses, and evaluates the ability of government institutions to protect human rights. Closing Doors? urges the new government to take further steps toward establishing institutions that will promote accountability; commit to reestablishing space for opposition parties to function; and allow journalists and civil society activists to fulfill their monitoring function. It calls on international donors to match their demonstrated support for civil society with an even-handed approach to the ruling party and the political opposition that is rooted in upholding fundamental human rights."--P.  of cover.
"November 2010"--Table of contents page. "This report was written and researched by Neela Ghoshal, Burundi researcher at Human Rights Watch."--P. 60.
Formatted Contents Note
Map of Burundi Glossary of Terms and Acronyms Timeline of Key Political and Human Rights Events during the Election Period: May to September 2010 Summary Methodology Recommendations To the Ministry of Interior To the Attorney General's Office, the National Police of Burundi, and the National Intelligence Service To the Ministry of Justice To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs To the Burundian Parliament To All Political Parties, including the FNL, Other Members of the ADC-Ikibiri Coalition, and CNDD-FDD To International Actors, including the East African Community (EAC), the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Bilateral Donors To Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council I. Background Factors Leading to Democratic Breakdown and Related Human Rights Abuses
Communal Elections: Pre-Election Violence Communal Elections: Bribery, Corruption, and Fraud Presidential Elections: Pre-Election Violence Risk of Return to Armed Conflict Factors Leading to Increased Targeting of Journalists and Civil Society Obligations under International Law II. Closing Space for the Political Opposition Banning Political Meetings Threats and Intimidation of Opposition Leaders Restricting Freedom of Movement Arrests of Opposition Party Members Arrests in Ruziba, July 2010 Arrests of MSD members, August and September 2010 Arrests of "Armed Bandits" Arrest and Killing of Jackson Ndikuriyo Torture and Ill-Treatment Government Interference with the FNL III. Closing Space for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Targeting of Burundian Journalists and Civil Society Activists Threats against Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) Targeting of Human Rights Watch Targeting of UN Officials
IV. International Response V. Government Institutions to Protect Human Rights VI. Conclusion Acknowledgements Annex I: Political Violence in the Period Preceding Communal Elections, May 2010 Annex II: Human Rights Watch Letter to Burundian Government.
Also available online.
KQV246 .G465 2010
Available in Other Form
Online version Ghoshal, Neela. Closing doors. New York, NY : Human Rights Watch, c2010