At this point of time, the CNDD-FDD and President Pierre Nkurunziza will defeat anyone that oppose as a threat to his hegemony. At this point and time, the youth-league, the para-military fraction of CNDD-FDD, the Imbonerakura will use violence and intimidation to seal the deal for the party.
This is known, and there is steady reports of usage of machetes, arbitrary arrests and kidnappings of the opposition. The Imbonerakura together with the authorities is doing this. There are released picture of the deceased, the hurt and the ones that has been violated by them.
That will continue, as the FNL, CNL and Ex-FAB will get into trouble by these people, who are working hard to show loyalty and patriotic means to the state. Their patriotism is proven in violence, not only in words, but in actions.
This here is a worrying sign, something that has continued since the Elections of 2015. A state of fear and intimidation, where people vanish and disappear. Where people are suddenly gone and not heard from. That is the reality we’re in.
This will not change, as much as the “donations to the Elections 2020” will continue too. That is what this government do, and it uses the Imbonerakura to silence the opposition. The paramilitary youth-wing is used to make people stop. That is their mission and therefore, the CNDD-FDD accepts that it does to their opposition.
Nkurunziza is living well on the fate of many people, as he is the guiding star and big-man, that everyone is supposed to follow. That is just the way it is in Burundi.
The Imbonerakura is just a manifestation of his drive to stay in power. Peace.
The project known as Burundi Counter-Trafficking 2019-2022 will reinforce the government’s efforts to combat human trafficking and other cross-border crimes.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, July 12, 2019 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the Government of Burundi, this week (10/07) launched a project to strengthen government capacity to combat trafficking in persons (TiP).
The precarious security situation in Burundi has created an opportunity for human traffickers who often target the most vulnerable. An estimated 346,000 Burundians remain in neighboring countries as refugees while 130,000 Burundians are internally displaced. though as refugees returned, these figures decreased. Refugees returning from neighboring countries and the internally displaced remain vulnerable and desperate.
The project, known as Burundi Counter-Trafficking 2019-2022, will reinforce the government’s efforts to combat human trafficking and other cross-border crimes. The USD 3 million project, funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will run for three years.
Burundi is a source country for trafficked persons, according to the US Trafficking in Persons Report. Adults and children can be coerced into forced labour, domestic servitude, prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation throughout the region and elsewhere in the world.
This new partnership will serve as a coordination mechanism for government ministries and link them to the national police and civil society to implement anti-trafficking measures. Activities under the new project will include strengthening the national referral system for protection and providing reintegration assistance to trafficking victims.
While actively engaging border communities, the project will help build the capacity of security agencies to effectively reduce and prevent human trafficking and cross-border crime, raise awareness on the basic rights of populations and create standard operating procedures for law enforcement stakeholders on handling TiP cases.
The ad hoc committee appointed by the Office of the First Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi presented the Integrated Work Plan Against Trafficking in Persons 2019-2020 during the launch of the project. The Work Plan follows the adoption of the 2014 law to prevent and combat human trafficking.
During the project launch ceremony, the First Vice-President of Burundi, Gaston Sindimwo said, “We are aware that human trafficking cannot be fought effectively without an integrated approach based on respect for human rights and taking into account the national, regional and global nature of the phenomenon.”
“A joint action by all stakeholders at the national level as outlined in the Plan, which is our focus today, is aimed at continually improving our collective perception of the issues related to trafficking in persons and combining our efforts to maximize our effectiveness,” he continued.
Caecilia Wijgers, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Burundi, said: “Trafficking in persons is a subject that requires all of us to find a solution for these tragic cases, where ordinary people find themselves one day in a nightmare when they believed they would start a promising phase of their lives. We appreciate that IOM’s programme has an integrated approach, as it is a problem for which we must work together across various disciplines.”
AJ Morgen, IOM Burundi Chief of Mission said: “This three-year project will not only help combat trafficking and other cross-border crimes, such as migrant smuggling, but also improve the human security of communities affected by human trafficking and provide appropriate support to victims of trafficking.”
“Today’s launch is a milestone event for all, as it represents the basis for cooperation between different actors that will continue to be strengthened during the implementation of this project,” Morgen added.
The launch ceremony in Bujumbura was also attended by the Minister of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender, Martin Nivyabandi; the UN Resident Coordinator in Burundi, Dr. Garry Conille, a representative of the Mayor of Bujumbura, Christophe Kinshasa, representatives of various Ministries, local authorities, governors, civil society and members of the ad hoc commission.
IOM strives to improve collaboration and co-ordination between all stakeholders while supporting safe, orderly and dignified migration in Burundi.