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Fight illegal juvenile detention in Burundi



This project provides effective legal counsel and legal rights awareness for indigent juvenile detainees in Burundi, who are often abused and imprisoned with adult convicts.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Prison conditions continue to be life threatening in Burundi. Shortages of food, water, electricity, clothing, and soap are daily hardships. The prison population has recently reached a peak of 11,000. Out of this prison population, more than 64.5% are pre-trial detainees, most of whom held in pretrial detention with adult prisoners. They are particularly vulnerable to the effects of poor prison conditions, and local reports indicate numerous complaints of physical and sexual abuse.

How will this project solve this problem?

IBJ lawyers mine jail records to find juvenile offenders who have been lost in the legal system. They investigate each case, strive to acquire release on bail for their juvenile clients, and provide committed counsel to expedite their cases. To date, 45 pre-trial detainees, including 15 juveniles, have been released.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will provide effective legal representation for 100 juveniles enabling them to reunite with their families and rejoin their schools, and spawning a generation who value rule of law.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $581
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $24,419
Total Funding Goal: $25,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Karen Tse

Executive Director
Geneva, n/a Switzerland

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