EALS decries regional leaders' silence on the situation in Burundi

Arusha, 22 September, 2015

The East Africa Law Society has this morning added its voice to those expressing concern over the ongoing situation in the Republic of Burundi.  In a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the East African community and copied to the President of the Republic of Burundi as well as the Chairperson of the EAC Heads of State Summit, the EALS calls attention to the deteriorating peace, security and rule of law situation in the Republic of Burundi and decries the continued apparent indifference or inability of the East African Community to engage the political leadership in the Republic of Burundi in order to stem or account for the continued post-election violence and deterioration in the rule of law, peace and security. 

Citing the numerous media reports highlighting the ongoing incidents of extra-judicial killings, shutdown of independent media stations, and restriction of civil and political rights in Burundi, the letter notes that the ongoing situation in Burundi runs counter to the very fundamentals of Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community.

The letter further highlights instances in which lawyers carrying out their lawful work, such as Maitre Emmanuel Manirakiza, have been assaulted and detained without charge by the police simply because of representing their clients.

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