No. 6 Corridor Area, Off Jandu Road
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Burundi : l'East African Law Society soutient le bâtonnier Rufyikiri

  1. 1. No. 6 Corridor Area, Off Jandu Road P.O. Box 6240, Arusha, Tanzania; Tel/Fax: (+255 27) 254 3227; Tel: (+255 27) 254 3226 / (+255 786) 821010 E-Mail: info@ealawsociety.org ; Website: www.ealawsociety.org President Mr. James Aggrey Mwamu Vice President (Regional Integration) Mr. Stephen Musisi Vice President (Strategic Litigation) Mr. Emmanuel Butare Our Ref: EALS/RI/12/13 Date: 26th December 2013 His Excellency The President, Republic of Burundi State House, Bujumbura. Secretary General Captain Ibrahim Bendera Your Excellency: Deputy Secretary General(Prof. Development) Ms. Faith Waigwa RE: EXTRA JUDICIAL DETENTION OF MR. ISIDORE RUFYIKIRI, BATONNIER OF THE BURUNDI BAR ASSOCIATION Deputy Secretary General (Gender) Ms. Fatma Saleh Amour Treasurer Ms. Emily Gakiza Deputy Treasurer ( Finance) Mr. Aloys Bahabe Deputy Treasurer (Administration) Mr. Muhuzenge Jean de Dieu Council Members: Mr. Isidore Rufyikiri (Bâtonnier – Burundi Bar Association) Mr. Awadh Ali Said (President – Zanzibar Law Society) Mr. Athanase Rutabingwa (Bâtonnier – Kigali Bar Association) Mrs. Ruth Sebatindira (President – Uganda Law Society Mr. Eric Kyalo Mutua (Chairman – Law Society of Kenya) Mr. Francis K. Stolla (President Tanganyika Law Society) Ms. Maria Goretti Nyariki Ms. Anita Mugenyi Mr. Albert G. Msando Ms. Gatete Mireille Ms. Aisha Naiga Kiwola Mr. Mussa Kombo Mr. Tito Byenkya (Chief Executive Officer) Greetings from the East Africa Law Society, which is the Umbrella Regional Organisation of the Bar Associations of the East African Community Partner States, being the Burundi Bar Association, the Rwanda Bar Association, the Law Society of Kenya, Tanganyika Law Society, Uganda Law Society and the Zanzibar Law Society. Established in 1995, the East African Law Society works to promote human rights, good governance and the rule of law in an integrated East African Community, and enjoys formal Observer Status with the East African Community. Your Excellency, it has come to the attention of the East Africa Law Society that the Prosecutor General of the Anti-Corruption of Burundi has arbitrarily and without the sanction of a Judicial decision issued an order prohibiting the President of the Burundi Bar Association, Mr. Isidore Rufyikiri, from going beyond the national frontiers of the Republic of Burundi. Your Excellency, as one of the latter signatories to the Treaty establishing the East African Community (EAC Treaty), the Republic of Burundi committed itself to observing and upholding the fundamental human rights and freedoms of its citizens including; the right to freedom of movement, association, assembly, human dignity, personal liberty and security of the person save for a legally sanctioned restriction that has been issued by an impartial and independent judiciary. The African Charter, as endorsed by Articles 6(d) and 7(2) of the EAC Treaty, also recognises the individual’s right to freely leave and return to their countries save for restrictions occasioned by law and order, national security, public health, or morality; none of which reasons or processes the Prosecutor General has adhered to in arbitrarily restricting the movement and liberty of the Batonnier of the Burundi Bar Association. Your Excellency, the purpose of this letter is to formally notify you of the said extra Judicial actions of the Prosecutor General of Anti-Corruption Court of the Burundi; and to seek the intervention of your office to ensure that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Mr. Isidore Rufyikiri are upheld and respected. 0|Page
  2. 2. We would, in the alternative, be left with no option but to seek other legal and judicial means from both within and without Bujumbura to secure the fundamental rights and freedoms of Mr. Rufyikiri. Rest Assured, Your Excellency, of our highest regards. James Aggrey Mwamu PRESIDENT cc. ,, ,, ,, ,, His Excellency President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Chairperson of the East African Community Summit of Heads of State. The Secretary General, East African Community. The Chief Justice, Republic of Burundi. The Prosecutor General, Anti-Corruption Court of Burundi. The Chief Executive Officer, East Africa Law Society. 1|Page

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