Amnesty says Burundi’s forces are torturing suspects
Burundi’s security forces have tortured suspected opponents of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third-term bid, Amnesty International says.
The rights group details how people arrested for allegedly taking part in demonstrations have been mistreated to extract information. Amnesty International alleges that some were beaten with iron bars and burnt with acid.
The government has not yet responded to these allegations.
Burundi has experienced months of turmoil following April’s announcement that the president would run for a third term.
One man said that he had a five-litre container full of sand tied to his testicles. Another says that he revealed the names of other demonstrators after he was deprived of sleep and threatened with violence.
The rights group has called for the beatings and torture to stop and wants an “independent and impartial investigation”.