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Rep. Bass Statement on the Release of Burundian Human Rights Defender

July 5, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

"I am encouraged to learn that Burundian human rights defender Germain Rukuki was finally released after serving more than four years in prison out of his original 32-year sentence. A champion of human rights, he risked his life and freedom to highlight the mistreatment of many citizens in Burundi. Mr. Rukuki’s release is a true testament to the power of protesting by hundreds of thousands of people around the world who tirelessly campaigned for his release. I fully support Mr. Rukuki and encourage his continued fight for the human rights of all people. We all must continue to call out injustice everywhere and continue to advocate for human rights more the disadvantaged and voiceless."