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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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1 comment

1 Christelle Umulisa { 07.02.10 at 12:25 pm }

We support the efforts of these heroic Rwandans who are trying to truly liberate our nation from military oppression, divisionism and abject poverty that our people are in today. Apartheid did not end without real sacrifices being made. We the people of Rwanda are ready to bring to light the injustices of Kagame’s regime even if it cost us our limbs, our liberty, and, yes, even our dear lives.
The true opposition in Rwanda cannot be allowed to thrive because the majority of Rwandans are fed up with the current status quo but lack an avenue of expressing their frustrations. Before accusing others of denying the genocide, why didn’t Kagame mobilize his forces during the 100 day of slaughter to halt it? Because he needed a reason to legitimize his presence in Rwanda at that point in time. These are some of the questions that the people of rwanda would like to pose to ‘his excellency’ and get real answers to.

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