U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1994/31 (1994)(Nigel Rodley, Special Rapporteur).


Information transmitted to the Government

472. By letter dated 26 August 1993 the Special Rapporteur advised the Government that he had received information concerning the following persons, allegedly arrested and tortured in 1991:

(a) Obed Bazimaziki and Adrien Rangira, editors of the newspaper Kangura, were arrested in Kigali on the morning of 10 December 1991 and taken to the President's Office, where they were beaten with clubs and wires. The next day, their mouths were taped with material soaked in hot pepper before they were taken to the Kami military camp.

(b) Providence Kayitesi, sister of journalist Adrien Rangira, was arrested in Kigali on 21 December 1991. She was allegedly interrogated at the President's Office for two days and beaten with electric wires and sticks.

(c) Désiré Murego, a student at the Butare Economic and Social School, was arrested on 19 August 1991 and taken to the Central Intelligence Department for questioning, during which he was beaten very violently on the hands and feet with sticks and electric wires.

(d) Jean-Baptiste Gacukiro, owner of a small company in the Gisenyi region, was arrested on 5 April 1991 and taken to the Bigogwe camp, where he was violently beaten, in particular with rifle butts.

(e) Abdulkheri Mbarushimana was arrested in Kigali on 19 August 1991. He was held at the Central Intelligence Department for six days, duting which time he was allegedly clubbed, punched and beaten with electric wires.

(f) Oswald Manzi and Faustin Rutalindwa, technicians with the BIFMAR company, were arrested in Kigali on 25 July 1991 and taken to the President's Office, where they were allegedly severely beaten and forced to sign a statement.

473. The Special Rapporteur was also informed that, in February 1993, members of the security forces arrested a large number of Tutsi citizens in the streets of Kigali, took them to military bases and tortured them. At least 19 of them, including Kituku Hayidarusi, were killed; their bodies showed signs of severe beatings.

474. By the same letter the Special Rapporteur reminded the Government of allegations transmitted to it in 1992 regarding which no reply had been received.

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