Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, September 2, 2014)


Burundi – Situation of human rights activist Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

France expresses its concern following the deterioration in the health of Mr. Mbonimpa, a Burundian human rights activist currently being held in detention.

We would like Mr. Mbonimpa to be granted the measures of humanity provided for by national law and by the international conventions to which Burundi is a party.

France, which defends the freedom of expression throughout the world, reaffirms its attachment to respect for the rights of the defense, the right to a fair trial and the principle of proportionality of criminal charges.