CANKUZO November 22nd (ABP) – Justice and police personnel in Cankuzo province (eastern Burundi) are called upon to punish perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence and human trafficking in accordance with the law.
That appeal was launched by the adviser in charge of legal affairs at the office of the governor of Cankuzo, Mr. Silas Nimbona during a training workshop from November 17 to 18, 2021 organized by the DPDFS, provincial directorate of family and social development in Cankuzo in collaboration with the IOM on the contribution of the fight against GBV, sexual and gender-based violence and human trafficking in Cankuzo, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
In that workshop, which was organized for women leaders and stakeholders in the field of human rights protection with the aim of contributing to the strengthening of human rights, the participants affirmed that violence sexual and gender-based and trafficking especially of minors through the execution of household chores exist in Cankuzo province.
That reality was affirmed by the adviser in charge of legal affairs in the office of the governor of that province, Mr. Silas Nimbona, and the provincial director of family and social development in Cankuzo, Mrs. Noeline Niyonzima.
The latter indicated that most of the victims are women compared to men. According to the participants, the factors favoring that violence are, among others, poverty, ignorance, impunity, certain Burundian customs and so on. As a result, the victim can catch different illnesses and become the object of self-discrimination, participants said.
The adviser to the governor in charge of legal affairs said he was satisfied with the said workshop and hoped that the knowledge gathered would go a long way in the fight against that violence.
He then took the opportunity to challenge the participants to share this knowledge with others in the community and, then, to sensitize the people to do battle with that violence and human trafficking.
As for the justice and police personnel, he called on them to punish any perpetrator of violence and human trafficking in accordance with the law.