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Call for Action: Tell Obama about Paul Kagame and Tony Blair

by Theogene Rudasingwa.


It is not known what exactly President Obama and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will discuss this Monday 10/31/2011. The middle east will be part of the agenda. Reliable sources indicate that Tony Blair will use the occasion to intercede on behalf of his business client, Paul Kagame, and try to convince President Obama to drop any questions and doubts he has about the man with the worst human rights record in modern African history.

Call the White House tonight with these talking points:

A) Paul Kagame is responsible for:

1. Shooting down the plane in which the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi and all their entourage were killed.

2. Grave human rights abuses, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possible acts of genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda against Rwandans( Hutu) in Rwands before, during and after 1994. Cite the UN Mapping Report.

3. Completely closing the political space in Rwanda and jailing, killing or forcing into exile political opposition leaders, journalists, human rights activists, and closing space for civil society.

4. Serious corrupt practices, including private use and misuse of poor Rwandan taxpayers who live on less than one dollar per day, and channeling US taxpayers money to buying private jets and 20,000 $ a night luxury hotels in New York.

5. President Kagame has assassinated opponents abroad, and still tries to assassinate Rwandan exiles in Europe, Africa, United States in Canada. In the UK, Tony Blair is aware that British Police this year alerted Rwandans resident in the UK that there was evidence that the Rwandan Government was planning to kill them using conventional and unconventional means. In South Africa court hearing continues in a case in which Rwandan security agents under Paul Kagame’s orders tried to assassinate Lt. Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, formerly Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Military and Ambassador to India.

B) About Tony Blair:

Tell President Obama that Tony Blair while UK Prime Minister, and now as Paul Kagame’s principal lobbyist has worked, and continues to work hard, to conceal the above crimes committed by his client Kagame.

C) Share with President Obama the way forward:

(a) Call on President Obama to lead an international effort to bring Paul Kagame to account for the terrorist crime of shooting a civilian plane in which two Heads of State and others were killed on April 6, 1994

b) Call for for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners;

(c) Demand an end to persecution (including arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, involuntary disappearances and extra-judicial killings) of government opponents and critics and their relatives;

(d) Demand an end to the practice of channeling the development assistance that the United States provides to Rwanda through budget support;

(e) Condition the development assistance that the United States provides to the Rwanda government on political reforms, including opening up political space;

(f) Use regional and united Nations human rights mechanisms to ensure that President Kagame and his security officials are held accountable for gross human rights violations that are committed against innocent citizens in and outside Rwanda;

(g) Call upon the government of Rwanda to agree to a comprehensive and unconditional dialogue with all the opposition on ways for resolving the political impasse engulfing Rwanda; and,

(h) Call upon the international community, especially the UNHCR and United Nations member states, to reject the Government of Rwanda’s manipulation to apply the refugee cessation clause until an enabling environment conducive to the return of refugees has been created.

October 31, 2011   7 Comments

Rudasingwa about ‘Rwandan Genocide’ vs ‘Genocide against Tutsis’

Question by Claude Bakari:
What do you think about the genocide which occurred in Rwanda being named “The genocide against the tutsi” instead “The Rwandan genocide”, while we know that during the genocide there has been also a huge number of hutu victims, especially those who were in opposition parties or simply because they do not agree with genocide action?

Answer by Theogene Rudasingwa:
Genocide is a specific and technical definition. That there was genocide against Tutsi in 1994 has been established in international law. That there were war crimes, crimes against humanity, and even possibly genocide against Hutu in Rwanda and DRC has been investigated and documented, lately by the UN Mapping report. The international community and Kagame’s regime would like this matter to be frozen.

Question to the reader: Did Theogene Rudasingwa answer the question to your satisfaction? Comments welcome below.

October 31, 2011   2 Comments