(Français) (English) Rwanda is failing to respect and implement the judgment of the African Court in the case of political prisoner Victoire Ingabire – The Letter of Ms Caroline Buisman(Ingabire’s lawyer) to the Minister of Justice, Mr Johnston Busingye

Mr Johnston Busingye

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Rwanda

Ministry of Justice of Rwanda

PO. Box: 160 Kigali

Rwanda

moj@minijust.gov.rw; mjust@minijust.gov.rw

Amsterdam, 28 May 2018

 Letter in PDF

Your Excellency Mr. Busingye, Honorable Minister of Justice of Rwanda,

I am writing to you about the case of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. I am one of the lawyers who represented her before the African Court of Human and People’s Rights.

As you know, the African Court has ruled that some of my client’s rights under the African Charter have been violated in the criminal proceedings initiated against her in Rwanda, which led to her wrongful conviction and sentence of fifteen years imprisonment in respect of terrorism against the state, genocide minimization, and inciting insurrection by spreading rumours.[1]

The Court found that Mrs. Ingabire’s convictions in Rwanda for minimizing the genocide and inciting insurrection violated her freedom of opinion/expression. The Court also found that various aspects of her right to a defence had been violated. The Court further ordered the Government of Rwanda to take all necessary measures to restore the harm done to Mrs. Ingabire within six months following the judgment.

Mr Johnston Busingye

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Rwanda

Ministry of Justice of Rwanda

PO. Box: 160 Kigali

Rwanda

moj@minijust.gov.rw; mjust@minijust.gov.rw

Amsterdam, 28 May 2018

 Letter in PDF

Your Excellency Mr. Busingye, Honorable Minister of Justice of Rwanda,

I am writing to you about the case of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. I am one of the lawyers who represented her before the African Court of Human and People’s Rights.

As you know, the African Court has ruled that some of my client’s rights under the African Charter have been violated in the criminal proceedings initiated against her in Rwanda, which led to her wrongful conviction and sentence of fifteen years imprisonment in respect of terrorism against the state, genocide minimization, and inciting insurrection by spreading rumours.[1]

The Court found that Mrs. Ingabire’s convictions in Rwanda for minimizing the genocide and inciting insurrection violated her freedom of opinion/expression. The Court also found that various aspects of her right to a defence had been violated. The Court further ordered the Government of Rwanda to take all necessary measures to restore the harm done to Mrs. Ingabire within six months following the judgment.