Rwanda is not a banana republic, says Minister Mushikiwabo
Journalist Kezio-Musoke of ‘The East African’ asked Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo about the recent expulsion of Human Rights Watch Researcher. Here is how he reports that part of the interview in his article “There is no political crisis in Rwanda, it’s the rules”:
Won’t the refusal to grant a human rights researcher permission to work in Rwanda be interpreted as a clampdown on freedom of expression?
Human Rights Watch sent a worker who exhibited very suspicious behaviour. Submitting pre-dated documents with signatures that don’t match… it is only normal that immigration services would find something wrong with that.
If you want to do your work properly, please don’t send fraudulent people. HRW is an American NGO. American immigration laws say that a consular will deny anybody a visa just because of the way they feel about his or her motive.
They have no obligation to explain to you why. HRW has to abide to what everyone else abides to. Rwanda is not a banana republic where we can be blackmailed.
[Source: The East African]