Exhumation de Corps sur la Colline Zege en Commune Gitega

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

The situation in Zege follows similar events that took place in Kivyuka in 2013 and more recently in Bururi last November. Each situation concerns the exhumation of human remains during construction works. These terrible events highlight the problem of the lack of a clear legal protocol or procedure for the management of these sites. These events also highlight the urgent need for the government to take up this issue, especially at a time when Burundi is about to face its history. The necessary measures to allow a funeral and dignified treatment of the dead must be allowed. But beyond the moral quality of this situation, respect for buried victims is also a right for the survivors and relatives of missing persons in any process of transitional justice.

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