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Rwanda: Ingabire challenges her sentence in appeal hearing

Ingabire consults with her lawyer Edwards during her trial

Ingabire consults with her lawyer Edwards during her trial

The Supreme Court will, today, resume hearing the case in which Victoire Ingabire, who was last year convicted of terrorism, endangering state security and denying the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, is appealing her sentence.

Ingabire last appeared before the court on March 25, challenging the October 2012 High Court decision to hand her an eight-year jail term. Ingabire wants the verdict overturned.

However, Prosecution had equally lodged its appeal to the same court, challenging the sentence handed to Ingabire on grounds that it was too lenient and that the High Court had ignored some clauses of the law.

In its appeal, prosecution said the judges in High Court made a poor interpretation of laws and failed to examine effectively the accusation of forming a terrorist group to attack and cause insecurity in the country.

Ground for charges

Prosecutor Alain Mukuralinda told the Supreme Court in the State appeal that the High Court judge ignored Article 163 of the Penal Code that was in force in 2010 when Ingabire was arrested.

He said the judge ruled that it was not a full crime since it was still in the planning stage–that the charge would have been a full crime if the objective had been achieved.

The prosecution avers that the judge examined articles they had not submitted in the file against Ingabire and co-accused. Mukuralinda said they were supposed to consider Articles 163 and 164 of the Penal Code at the time of arrest and charges.

During today’s hearing, the prosecution is expected to make more submissions, specifically on the charges of inciting the public against the leadership as well as crimes of ethnic divisionism and discrimination.

Ingabire is the leader of a yet-to-be registered political party, FDU-Inkingi.

Source: The New Times

April 16, 2013   No Comments

Kagame’s Regime Must Go

by Kalimikashyali.

Kagame, Criminal

Genocidaire Kagame must go!

Rwandans are a sound minded people. They should not be bullied into following a failed system. A lot of blood was shed, a lot of sacrifices were made, all of these to secure a dictatorship and a failed system?

As I write this, I am filled with sadness and grief because of shambles my beloved country Rwanda is in. Tribalism, corruption, nepotism and cronyism are the motto for the government in Kigali today. The poor’s rights are trampled upon every day, it is outrageous.

The government of Paul Kagame took the dictatorship, tribalism, and cronyism to unprecedented levels. Yet, these were the reasons why they picked up arms and set in motion a ruthless war that saw millions of innocent Rwandans and Congolese perish. It is regrettable that the blood of innocent people was spilled in vain.

Usually, people learn from their mistake. In the past, a lot of countries experienced interethnic feuds. Most countries emerged from those difficult moments stronger and smarter with better systems of government, systems that tried hard to be fair and democratic.

It’s funny and it’s a point to ponder how the same principle did not apply in Rwanda. Rwanda emerged from its brutal civil war with a system that is disingenuous and fake. On the façade, it looks pretty and polished but on the inside it is rotten. Paul Kagame and his friends in the west will have you believe that all is well in Rwanda. When they describe Rwanda, I think to myself that maybe I need to leave my country of asylum and head back to Rwanda. But when I pick up the phone and call relatives in Rwanda, I get a completely different story. They list all sorts of problems: lack of jobs ( therefore lack of money), lack of decent health care, rotten educational system, lack of modern technology such as a decent access to the internet, lack of food, rotten judicial system, rotten and brutal police force, mere salaries, and more importantly the lack of transparency and cronyism in the public as well as in the private sector, I can go on and on about cries from Rwanda.

Rwandans are used to a hard life, and are used to dealing with problems mentioned above that they are dealing with today without the help from the government. The big problem today is that the Kagame government instead of helping, it implements a lot of policies that add a lot of burden to the already distressed population. Fees of all sorts are collected from a people that have no source of income, people have no freedom to go about their business without the interference of authorities, and people have no say in policies that deeply affect their lives. People are discriminated and a big chunk of the population is treated as second class citizens and is passed over as far as economic opportunities are concerned.

The government of Kagame is supposed to be free of corruption so we’ve been told over and over again. Reports from inside Rwanda testify otherwise. People have to bribe in order for them to get what they are entitled, and women have to spread their legs. That’s the reality. To get a decent job, you have to know somebody or you have to pay up somehow. So how is this any different from the previous system that Kagame and his RPF were supposed to rectify? At least, Habyalimana did not pay lobbies to lie for him to the international community that he was an outstanding leader, and therefore sweep under the rug the truth: a failed system.

How did we get here and more importantly how do we get out of the quagmire Rwanda is in presently?

Our politicians in the past quarter century have been characterized by selfishness, immaturity, and lack of wisdom. The political cul-de-sac Rwanda is in presently is the result of bad decision after bad decision made by corrupt leaders.

So how do we get out of here?

The current regime in Rwanda is part of the problem. THAT REGIME MUST BE OVERTHOWN AND FAST.

Who will depose the mercurial regime in Rwanda?

Rwandans united. All of those who are fed up with Kagame’s folies. Rwandans have the tendency to lay back and expect others to do the job. We are in special times where everyones’s help is needed. SO WAKE UP PEOPLE. Speak up. Write an article. Contribute your time, or your money. Do something. Whatever it is big or small but do it. I CALL ESPECIALLY ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE. Because public offices in recent past have been held by crooks that discredited the job of being a politician, good people tend to stay away from politics. IT IS YOU GOOD PEOPLE, PEOPLE WITH ETHICS, PEACE LOVING PEOPLE WHO WILL RECTIFY THE SITUATION SO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED.

Who will lead us?

The opposition needs a though leader. Rwandans right now are like sheeps without a shepherd. They are ready to follow, all is lacking is a leader who knows how to lead. If you look at the political landscape in Rwanda you see Kagame who is tough but also a crook and unfit to continue governing, then you see a lot of immature politicians who are trying to overthrow him, these are people that can’t get anything done, they can’t unite the opposition, they can’t raise money, they can’t make alliances with leaders who can lend them a hand, instead of uniting on a common goal they wrangle between themselves, they just kabuki dance and boast about achievements that are invisible.

WE NEED A LEADER THAT IS PATRIOT AND THAT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. WHERE ARE YOU MR OR MRS SANKARA OF RWANDA? STAND UP AND BE COUNTED.

Can the Kagame regime be overthrown?

The answer is a big YES!
Tell me what ruthless regime that lasted an eternity? History does not give you lessons? The Pharaoh, the Nebuchadnezzar, where is the powerful Roman Empire, apartheid in US, apartheid in SA, Saddam Hussein, colonel Kaddafi, need I go on? No evil system can resist a determined people. We are the ones who give Kagame powers he does not possess. We tremble in fear in front of him. WELL, IT IS TIME TO PUT FEAR ASIDE AND STAND UP TO THE BULLY.

Under a ruthless regime such as Kagame’s, fear is a normal sentiment. Mandela said and I quote “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” TAKE COURAGE MY PEOPLE, CONQUER FEAR OR BE SLAVES FOR EVER!

Here is step one every Rwandan needs to take. BELIEVE. We can overthrow Kagame. Believe it! YES WE CAN! Say it ( if you are free to do so, else you can say it in your heart ) KAGAME MUST GO!

The first work needs to be done inside every Rwandan who is fed up with Kagame. Get that feeling in you that Kagame is not your president that his regime needs to go! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

What we need to figure out is how to go about overthrowing him and obliterating his ugly system. Put your brains to work people. THINK, THINK, THINK. Talk to people you trust (even you in Rwanda can do this). That will give us a start. Don’t let Kagame’s statements that he is the only one who can efficiently run Rwanda stand.

One advice to the opposition, please stop quarrels, think of uniting and working together. You are fighting a common enemy. Please!

I MIGHT NOT SUCCEED IN OVETHROWING KAGAME BUT I WILL DIE TRYING.

Bye for now friends and fellow countrymen I love deeply!

 

April 16, 2013   No Comments

Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo chairs UN conflict debate

Mushikiwabo chaired the meeting

Mushikiwabo chaired the meeting

A high-level UN debate on identifying the root causes of conflict, particularly on the African continent, was yesterday chaired by Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in attendance.

The meeting, held at UN headquarters in New York, was also attended by Tekeda Alemu, the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN, representing the Chairperson of the African Union, and Elliot Ohin, the Togolese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, among other council members.

Mushikiwabo told the meeting that democracy and good governance are not the only tools for conflict prevention in Africa.

“Another is regional and sub-regional integration. The vision of the African Union is to build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent, driven by its own citizens and capable of standing as a dynamic force in the world,” she said.

“Another important tool for conflict prevention in Africa is justice and reconciliation. As you may be aware, Rwanda is commemorating this month the 19th year of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. For Rwanda, justice and reconciliation are inexplicably linked. After much trial and error, the Government and people of Rwanda came to embrace a homegrown system of re conciliatory justice, known as Gacaca.”

The last four decades have seen UN peacekeeping missions in Africa fail to address the root causes of conflicts and civil strife on the continent.

According to Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, addressing the root causes of conflicts in Africa is one of the core areas to be looked into, during the country’s one month presidency of the UNSC.

The forum, held under the theme, “Prevention of Conflicts in Africa: addressing the root causes, ” provided a platform to participants to discuss possible mechanisms to prevent the underlying causes of conflicts on the continent.

“Around 70 per cent of the Council’s agenda is on African conflicts. However, none of these is the result of an unavoidable clash between countries or peoples, that is why Rwanda chose the theme,” the  diplomat said recently.

Nduhungirehe observed that all conflicts occur according to a similar pattern, and have deep-rooted causes. He cited the legacy of colonialism, nationalism and identity, ethnic tensions and discrimination, lack of rule of law, violation of human rights, corruption and bad governance among the causes.

Ban Ki-Moon pledged continued UN support for efforts by regional African organisations to prevent conflict.

“Conflicts breed where there is poor governance, human rights abuses and grievances over the unequal distribution of resources, wealth and power,” he told the 15-member body in an opening address.

“Tensions simmer where people are excluded, marginalised and denied meaningful participation in the political and social life of their countries. Unrest flourishes where people are poor, jobless and without hope,” he said, stressing that mediation efforts must not just be pacts between political elites that address the immediate political problem, but must also allow all stakeholders to participate.

Previously, Rwanda has actively engaged in finding home grown solutions aimed at consolidating post-conflict peace and security by sharing her post-Genocide recovery experience with other countries.

The ministerial-level meeting examined the effectiveness of the AU Peace and Security Architecture, particularly early warning mechanism and the Panel of the Wise, with a view to enhancing African conflict prevention capabilities.

Established in 2007, the AU Panel of the Wise is a five-member group of eminent African personalities tasked with supporting the continent in finding sustainable solutions to conflicts and consolidating peace.

ICC motion rejected

Earlier, Rwanda alongside six other countries on the UNSC rejected the inclusion of a reference to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Presidential Statement issued ahead of the meeting.

Initially, Rwanda prepared a draft statement to be delivered at the meeting; however some countries on the council insisted on including the work done by the ICC in the communiqué.

But Rwanda together with six other Council members rejected the idea.

Mushikiwabo criticised the partial justice rendered by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“If any country in the world has reason to support a robust system of international justice, it is Rwanda.  However, we do not believe that the ICC, as it operates today, fulfills a constructive role in preventing conflict,” she said.

“Rather than delivering justice and preventing impunity, the ICC has shown itself subject to political manipulation from outside conflict zones as well between vying factions within them.”

Mushikiwabo added that Rwanda “cannot support an ICC that condemns crimes committed by some and not others or imposes itself on democratic processes or the will of sovereign people. Such a court cannot facilitate reconciliation which is a vital precursor to peace.”

Rwanda, both as a sovereign nation and as an African member of the Security Council, will continue to uphold the principles of justice and fairness, and ensure that the independence and sovereignty of the continent is respected, she added.

Eight countries on the UNSC at the moment, including Rwanda, are not signatories to the Rome statute that established the Hague based court, which has been accused of being used as a political tool against targetted politicians on the African continent.

Source: The New Times

April 16, 2013   No Comments

How Nyaruguru, Rwanda survivors overcame bitterness to work for common good

Mourners pay tribute to Genocide Victims buried at Kibeho memorial site last sunday

Mourners pay tribute to Genocide Victims buried at Kibeho memorial site last sunday

THE 1994 GENOCIDE against the Tutsi did not only take the lives of more than a million people, but also left a society deeply divided and shattered. The country was in total ruins and full of blood.

But 19 years down the road, the success registered in restoring unity among the citizens has closed the gap that existed shortly after the Genocide, with nationals living in harmony towards developing their country.

Over the years, reconciliation has taken its course in the heart of the people enabling the country to embark on a journey of socio-economic transformation.

Testimonies from residents of Nyaruguru district attest to the success with their ties restored and the people determined to sustain and strengthen the achievements so far registered.

Clad in khaki jacket, a grey T-shirt, navy-blue trousers and green plastic sandals (bodaboda), Fidele Seburinkaho, 53, says deepening reconciliation efforts in his community has enabled residents to live together in harmony and work towards self-development.

Seburinkaho, a survivor, lost all his relatives during the Genocide and is the sole survivor in a family of four.

It is Sunday afternoon and he has been attending a commemoration event, including a requiem mass for victims at Kibeho parish and a wreath laying ceremony at an adjacent memorial site.

This is the spot where Seburinkaho’s relatives were killed 19 years ago.

The future holds

Although he remembers with a sombre mood, and meditates on the 100 dark days of the Genocide with sorrow and sadness, the resident of Nyange cell has hope that the future holds the best for him.

“The population lives in harmony. We entertain good relationships,” he says. “We have turned the [Genocide] page and, together, we are working on rebuilding our lives,” he adds, looking to the future with optimism.

“We share everything, be it good or bad, with our neighbours.”

His wife, Domitile Mukaratubana, 43, also a Genocide survivor, stands by him holding a blue and red umbrella–it had been raining in the morning.

She expressed the same feelings as her husband about the deepening reconciliation and unity among local residents.

Mukarutabana says she is part of a local women cooperative which is uplifting the members’ living conditions.

“Whenever we meet, we are just like a family,” she says. “We don’t attach much importance to our background; we just work to help each other achieve a better life.”

“Whenever we meet, we discuss, exchange ideas on how to better our lives and, of course, we crack jokes,” Mukarutabana notes.

“We trust ourselves,” Odette Mukarubayiza, 63, a resident, says of the reconciliation process.

According to the residents, today’s efforts are directed towards improving their lives though they say they still face challenges.

Self-reliance

Speaking in Nyaruguru district, last weekend, at an event to mark the end of the 19th Genocide commemoration week, the Governor of the Southern Province, Alphonse Munyantwari, said Rwanda has gone a long way after tragic the traumatic phase in her history.

He noted that efforts to rebuild the country have paid off while reconciliation continues to prevail.

Addressing thousands of mourners who had thronged Kibeho parish playground for the occasion, Munyantwari stressed the need to strive for better living conditions.

He noted that the foundation has been laid and that it was time for citizens to contribute to rebuilding the country from the ashes of the 1994 purging.

Advice to residents

He urged residents to make use the of available opportunities and resources as well as the achievements so far registered in the social, economic and political life of the country so as to improve their lives.

“As Rwandans, we all know what our responsibilities are: we must strive for improved living conditions and self-reliance,” Munyantwari said.

“But we must also stand against genocide ideology and Genocide denial,” he added, noting that some individuals within and outside the country are still harbouring it.

Source: The New Times

April 16, 2013   No Comments

Rwanda records most exciting recovery in public health history

Less than two decades after the Rwandan genocide the country has seen a revolution in health care, writes Biodun Awosusi, 27, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Nigeria.  Mortality rates are down and treatment numbers are up under leadership that sees health care as a priority in economic recovery.  

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda dealt a big blow to the nation. It left the entire world awestruck after realizing at least a million lives had been lost.

The former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan admitted that the world responded too slowly to the crisis that ravaged the sub-Saharan nation. The devastation affected the political landscape as well as the economy, education, health and security. There was a short-lived response by the international community after the genocide but many donations and technical support plummeted within a short time.

Today, the story of Rwanda is different. Most people in the West perhaps see genocide as synonymous with the country, but the terminology has changed. Key American experts – including Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health (PIH) and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, a renowned economist – report a revolutionary change in the nation’s health system which led to significant improvement in health outcomes. A careful analysis of healthcare in Rwanda shows it has recorded the most exciting recovery in public health history.

Neal Emery, in a recent article published in the Atlantic, writes of the successes Rwanda has achieved: “Rwanda is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa on track to meet most of the Millennium Development Goals. Deaths from HIV, TB, and malaria have each dropped by roughly 80 per cent over the last decade and the maternal mortality ratio dropped by 60 percent over the same period.”

Emery continues: “Even as the population has increased by 35 per cent since 2000, the number of annual child deaths has fallen by 63 per cent. In turn, these advances bolstered Rwanda’s economic growth: GDP per person tripled to $580, and millions lifted themselves from poverty over the last decade.”

He adds that “the country increased from 870 people on HIV treatment in 2002 to more than 100,000 in 2012 while retaining 92 per cent of patients in care compared to 50 per cent in the United States.”

Besides, under-five mortality has dropped by 70 per cent since 2000. The country has achieved universal coverage, with nearly 98 per cent of the population covered by health insurance. The community health insurance program caters to the vulnerable population by charging small annual premiums and affordable co-payments, subsidized by donors. The primary care system has also been strengthened, with now at least 45,000 community health workers.

How has it been able to achieve so much, in such a short time? According to Management Sciences for Health, strong leadership is a key factor in the health revolution that is taking place in the nation. The government created Vision 2020 to facilitate economic recovery with health as a priority. This galvanized the poverty reduction strategy. Donor agencies must conform to this vision or leave the country. Each ministry collaborates effectively with others, on cross-cutting issues with one common goal.

The government implemented a centrally coordinated system that emphasizes cost-effective evidence-based health interventions. An example is development of an effective primary healthcare system with training and deployment of 45,000 community health workers into the low-income communities to provide basic health care. This contributed immensely to improved health outcomes.

Rwanda’s success story shatters the myth that Africa is a wound on the conscience of the world. It radiates hope to every nook and cranny of sub-Saharan Africa. It provides a model not just for African countries with weak health systems but also for the developed nations, particularly the United States which has yet to achieve universal coverage.

Source: Your Commonwealth

April 16, 2013   No Comments

At UN, Rwanda fights credit to ICC

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda is seen during his first appearance at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda is seen during his first appearance at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands

Rwanda is fighting a behind-the-scenes battle to keep the UN Security Council from suggesting any role for the International Criminal Court in solving conflicts, violence and human rights abuse in Africa.

The Security Council on Monday held a broad general debate over ways that the UN system and other global players can help solve Africa’s problems. But diplomats say that Rwanda opposes adoption of a non-binding statement that would recommend that the Hague-based ICC be part of the solution.

Council statements must be adopted by consensus, and it appears Rwanda was willing to block consensus.

Analysts speculate that Rwanda is wary of seeing warlord Bosco Ntaganda possibly testify at the ICC to military deals between the Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Source: News 24

April 16, 2013   No Comments

Rwanda – Belgium: Commemoration of the Genocide causes strife

While the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide should be the element that unites all the victims of the genocide that occurred in Rwanda in April 1994, this year, once again, it was a commemoration agitated. Indeed, a commemoration held Saturday, April 6 around the stele commemorating the genocide in Rwanda based in Brussels sparked strong reactions from the Embassy of Rwanda and some Belgian politicians .

Saturday 06 April 2013, on the eve of the official date of the commemoration of the genocide, almost 80 Rwandans gathered in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre around the stele commemorating the genocide in Rwanda in order ”  to commemorate the victims of the tragedy Rwanda since 1 st  October 1990  , “when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) attacked the country.

In previous years the commemoration of the April 6 around the stele had been banned, but this year it was ”  tolerated  “because” are police reports indicated that there was no need to worry “ , according to the new Mayor the common Benedict Cerexhe.

A memorial to victims what?

Memorial stone located in Brussels

Memorial stone located in Brussels

To better understand the issues around this stele, back in 2004, the year in which the monument was inaugurated. On this memorial, it reads that it is dedicated to the ” victims of genocide in Rwanda in 1994 . “

Therefore, until 2007, a memorial was held every April 6 by some Rwandan survivors who felt that their ordeal had begun, not on 7 April, but April 6 when Habyarimana’s plane was shot down. In 2007, the Mayor of the municipality in which the memorial is located, received an order from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied ordering the memorial commemoration ”  in a context other than the official  . “

In 2008, despite the ban on demonstrations, Rwandans gathered to commemorate to the courthouse, but they were arrested by the police. Thus 84 Rwandans, including minors, have been handcuffed and detained for several hours.

In 2009, dissatisfied with a new attack on their right to memory and commemoration on April 6, fifty Rwandan youth blocked the Rue Belliard, Brussels, rue is taken daily by thousands of motorists. They are then directed to the stele, kneeling, surrounded by police with dogs, they have a prayer around the stele in memory of their loved ones who died during this tragedy. At the end of the prayer, the police proceeded to arrest Administrative and they were detained until midnight, among them, 12 girls, including a minor age, held in a single cell.

In 2010 and 2011, the commemorative event was held again, this time without arrest, but with the prohibition to commemorate the memorial. In 2012, the commemoration took place in Paris and was to call “the truth about Rwanda.”

So this year, this is the first time in 7 years that Rwandans claiming their right to commemorate the date that seems most appropriate have been around the memorial commemorating unhindered.

Skidding MP Alain Destexhe 

Alerted to the news, the Embassy of Rwanda immediately decided to relocate the official commemoration to be held April 7 around the stele, on the grounds that it had been desecrated. Speaking about the event, the Ambassador of Rwanda in Belgium, Robert Masozera, said he was ”  shocked  “and called”  deniers “ all those who were present at the commemoration of April 6.

Joseph Matata, CLIIIR coordinator and Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of "Hotel Rwanda"

Joseph Matata, CLIIIR coordinator (left) and Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of “Hotel Rwanda”

On what is it based to qualify as children, youth, parents and many Rwandan opposition politicians, including among others Paul Rusesabagina, Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda “? Anyway, the Ambassador urged the Belgian government to ”  prosecute Snatchers Memorial Stele in Woluwe in Brussels City, even those who are immersed in the denial of the genocide of the Tutsi-led Joseph Matata and others with a similar ideology  “

The same day, Alain Destexhe, Belgian MP known for its proximity to the RPF, currently in power in Kigali, directly responded on his Twitter account by calling the victims also present at the April 6 Memorial “deniers” and was later writes that “for [the] genocide survivors, it is as if 20 were to collect Nazis in Auschwitz.”

Questioned by the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique, he also said that ”  let these people show that day, it is directly insult the memory of the victims, including our ten paras murdered  “and that”   the act was seen as a desecration of the monument by the survivors (many in Belgium) and by the Rwandan authorities  . “

“About defamatory  in nature and to deny the reality of the Rwandan genocide (…) “

Jambo for the association and other associations have responded with an open letter to the Parliament of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels and MR, the party belongs Alain Destexhe, survivors present at the commemoration of the 6 ”  should not not be confused with the Interahamwe militias who exterminated the Tutsi based on their ethnicity and Hutu suspected of collaborating with the Rwandan Patriotic Front, in rebellion at the time and currently in power. ”  In addition, they should not “in not be confused with the RPF that the Hutus who were exterminated in the areas it controlled at that time and those he found in the conquered areas. We remember the 8000 Kibeho displaced, massacred in one day in the cameras of UN peacekeepers. ” 

Therefore associations signed the letter “asking the party MR [political party Alain Destexhe Ed] to decide on the defamatory nature and to deny the reality of the Rwandan genocide or to dehumanize some of his victims. ‘ 

“Indignation and shock” 

The Centre for the Fight against Impunity and Injustice in Rwanda (CLIIR), organizer of the commemoration of the April 6 also responded to these various statements including the Ambassador  :   ” in describing the participants and organizers of the commemoration of “Holocaust deniers and revisionists,” Robert Masozera knowingly deceived the public and outrageously defamed our respective organizations. He confirmed his total disregard for the victims of non-Tutsi Rwandan genocide wiped out since 1 October 1990 and in Rwanda since October 1996 in the Democratic Republic of Congo  . “

In the same statement, the CLIIR adds, ”  indeed, Mr. Masozera, is disturbed by the non-discriminatory nature of the commemoration of the April 6, 2013, in contrast to that of 7 April 2013, which is both selective and political because it serves to legitimize the political regime in Kigali since 19 July 1994 . 

For their part, several Rwandan opposition parties that were represented at the celebrations also denounced, in a joint statement on 13 April, Ambassador of the charges, deeming them ”  intolerable, abusive and unfounded “and to” bury the truth about the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law by  “the current leaders of Rwanda.

These parties have called ”  the Rwandan and Rwanda, as well as the authorities of their host country, not to yield to such intimidation and continue this quest for truth and justice for all, are essential in the rebuilding shattered lives of millions of individuals and families Rwandan and foreign, to which the power in Kigali is trying to impose the silence of cemeteries by all means.  “

Source: Jambo News

April 16, 2013   No Comments