Burundi activist Mbonimpa’s son killed


Willy Nzitonda, was arrested today and later killed

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading Burundian human rights defender, says his son, Willy Nzitonda, has been arrested and later killed in the capital Bujumbura.

Mbonimpa told Radio France Internationale [RFI] that his son, Nzitonda was Friday morning arrested in Mutakura by elements of the police and taken to an unknown destination.

In the afternoon, his body was thrown along 12th Avenue in Mutakura.

He spent most of the time at their home in Carama.

According to Iwacu, Nzitonda has been living in hiding after an assassination of his brother and the attempted murder of his father.

His father, Mbonimpa, on 3 August 2015, was shot in the face and neck as he returned home in his car from the office.

His son-in-law was murdered.

Mbonimpa was taken to Belgium for treatment.

Mbonimpa is President of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), an organisation which provides vital assistance to detainees and victims of human rights violations, including torture and sexual violence.

On 27 October 2015, he received the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network’s 2015 East Africa Shield Award, recognising his outstanding work as a human rights defender in Burundi.

In May 2014, he was imprisoned and charged with endangering state security after comments he made on radio.

He was released over 4 months later on medical grounds.

In April 2015, he was arrested again by Burundian security services but released the following day.

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