Marie-Claudette Kwizera © PrivateDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 136/19 HERE
In a report published on 13 September 2019, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi indicated that Marie-Claudette Kwizera, a human rights defender and treasurer of Ligue Iteka, a leading human rights organization in Burundi, was killed a few days after she was abducted on 10 December 2015 by members of the National Intelligence Service. The Minister of Justice must instruct the Prosecutor General to open a prompt, thorough, impartial and effective investigation into her abduction and killing.
Marie-Claudette was abducted by individuals believed to be members of the National Intelligence Service (SNR) in Bujumbura. She was taken by force and bundled into a vehicle with tinted windows. According to new information obtained by the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and published on 13 September 2019, Marie-Claudette was taken to the offices of the SNR but was not duly registered there. And after a few days, she was moved to another location and extrajudicially executed.