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Source: Amnesty International –

The inauguration of Evariste Ndayishimiye as Burundi’s next president is an opportunity to restore respect for human rights in the country by reopening the civic space, ending crimes under international law and human rights violations by security services and the ruling party’s youth wing the Imbonerakure, Amnesty International today said today.

Amnesty International urges President Ndayishimiye to immediately and unconditionally release all those imprisoned for simply exercising their human rights including Germain Rukuki, a human rights defender who is serving a record-breaking 32-year jail term for his work with an anti-torture organization.

Evariste Ndayishimiye has a chance to improve Burundi’s appalling human rights record. A good place to start is to immediately and unconditionally release all those who have been convicted on trumped up charges simply for exercising their human rights.