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Severe Tortures of Political Opponents in Rwandan Police Custody

by Victoire Ingabire and Frank Habineza – Permanent Consultative Council of Opposition Parties in Rwanda (PCC).

Detained victims of the last police crackdown on opposition still in agony.

How can the incumbent President Paul KAGAME, his regime and police explain the arbitrary arrests, torture, inhuman and cruel treatment of the opposition leaders?
Victoire Ingabire and Frank Habineza.

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) is wrapping up nominations for Presidential Candidates today, as opposition politicians arrested last week when it started receiving nominations are still imprisoned, under torture and suffering inhumane torments in police cells. The victims are in agony and have been denied medical care.

The Permanent Consultative Council of Opposition Parties in Rwanda (PCC) is deeply concerned with this inhumane treatment from state organs.
They are persecuted because they are opposed to the ruling party and were demonstrating for their civil and constitutional rights, since the National Electoral Commission in complicity with other Government institutions have blocked the genuine opposition from participating in the upcoming August presidential elections.

The planned demonstration on 24th June 2010 was sabotaged by the Government when Maitre Bernard NTAGANDA, founding president of PS Imberakuri was violently grabbed from his home by agents of the National Police. Since then he has been day and night in handcuffs in different police cells. The Party Secretary General, Theobald MUTARAMBIRWA and several Imberakuri members are still held up.

The same day several members of FDU-Inkingi were arrested. Though some have been released others are submitted to severe tortures and denied medical attention.
– Ms. Alice MUHIRWA, the party treasurer, is still bleeding due to boots kicks into her stomach.
– Mr. Sylvain SIBOMANA, the party secretary general, needs an urgent x-ray as he was hardly beaten several times while his legs and arms were tied behind his back.
– Mr. Theoneste SIBOMANA (party leader in Kigali) needs a concussion evaluation after head injury which was bunged on wall many times during torture.
– The medical condition of the following prisoners is not known : the party lawyer Maitre Theogene MUHAYEYEZU, and the party member Martin NTAVUKA. They all have symptoms of torture and degrading treatments.

How can the incumbent President Paul KAGAME, his regime and police explain the arbitrary arrests, torture, inhuman and cruel treatment of the opposition leaders?

We call upon the Rwandan Government to immediately release these political prisoners without any further delay and investigate the reported cases of torture and barbaric martyrdom.

Issued at Kigali, 2nd July 2010

Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza
Chairperson, United Democratic Forces

Mr. Frank Habineza
Chairman, Democratic Green Party of Rwanda

The Permanent Consultative Council of Opposition Parties in Rwanda (PCC)
C/O. B.P. 6334 Kigali , Rwanda.
Tel : +250 788563039,+250 728636000, +250 788307145.

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July 2, 2010   1 Comment

Pentecostal Pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi Arrested in Uganda on Rwanda Genocide Charges

Pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi

Pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi

KAMPALA — A fugitive suspect in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide with a five-million dollar reward on his head has been arrested in Uganda, police said on Friday.

Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi, a Pentecostal pastor accused of helping to orchestrate the mass killings, was arrested after entering Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The people in Arusha were tracking him. As soon as he crossed into Uganda, which was on 26th or 27th (June), they informed us. We picked him up on Wednesday in Mbarara,” said Edward Ochom, head of Uganda’s Criminal Investigation Directorate.

Uwinkindi was in 2001 indicted by the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity.

Until his arrest in western Uganda on Wednesday, he was among 11 suspects still at large and wanted by the ICTR, based in Tanzania’s northern town of Arusha.

Elly Womanya, deputy director of Interpol’s Kampala office, told AFP Friday that Uwinkindi would be transferred to the ICTR as soon as possible.

“We expect that he will be transferred to the United Nations Detention Facility by the end of this week,” ICTR deputy prosecutor Christopher Bongani Majola told AFP.

According to a copy of his indictment, Uwinkindi, 59, was a pastor at a church near Kigali during the genocide, and allegedly collaborated with an extremist political organisation that professed hatred for the Tutsi ethnic group.

In early April 1994, Uwinkindi is accused of helping to organise and instruct groups of Hutus to kill Tutsis, and after allowing Tutsi women and children to seek refuge in his church, he ordered their execution, according to the indictment.

The US State Department, through its Rewards for Justice programme, had previously offered a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to Uwinkindi’s arrest.

Uganda’s independent Daily Monitor newspaper reported Friday that Uwinkindi entered the country using the alias Jean Inshitu and was attempting to buy land and settle under that assumed name.

Several clergymen have been accused of playing roles in the 1994 genocide. The most senior to be arrested by the ICTR was an Anglican bishop, Samuel Musabyimana. He died in January 2003 before his trial opened.

The first prelate to be sentenced by the ICTR, Adventist pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, died at the beginning of 2007, just a week after he finished serving a 10-year sentence.

The other priests indicted by the tribunal are all Catholics. Among them Athanase Seromba, a priest from the western parish of Nyange, is serving a life sentence and Emmanuel Rukundo, a former military chaplain, is appealing against a 25-year sentence.

However, Homisdas Nsengimana, another priest who was in charge of a prestigious seminary in southern Rwanda, has joined an Italian diocese after being acquitted late last year.

[AFP]

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Former Senior Rwandan Official Joseph Nzirorera Dies in ICTR Custody

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said Friday that a former senior Rwandan official, Joseph Nzirorera, 59, had died in custody during his trial on a host of charges, including genocide and crimes against humanity of rape and extermination.

Nzirorera died on Thursday “following sudden complications of a long illness,” it said.

Nzirorera was a former minister and secretary-general of the ruling party MRNDD under president Juvenal Habyarimana, whose assassination sparked off the genocide.

Arrested in Benin in June 1998, he had been on trial since September 2005 along with two other former senior party officials, Mathieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera.

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Is Rwanda’s law against denial of genocide a form of repression?

Straight Talk Africa – Voice of America

Rwanda Genocide on Trial.

Question of the week:

Is Rwanda’s law against denial of genocide a form of repression?

Watch the Voice of America’s broadcast made by journalist Shaka Ssali.
Guests:
– H.E. James Kimonyo Rwandan Ambassador to the United States;
– Professor Peter Erlinder, Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, and Defense Attorney at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
– Paul Rusesabagina, Author of “An Ordinary Man”, Hero of film “Hotel Rwanda” and President of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation.
– Members of public.

http://www.voanews.com/wm/voa/africa/engl/engl1830vb.asx

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