General Commissioner for Rwanda Correctional Service
Sharp deterioration of prison conditions of Ms. Victoire Ingabire
Since Friday, July 10, 2015, the management of the central prison in Kigali decided to severely tighten the prison regime of Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chair of FDU Inkingi, without any explanation. Today 14th July 2015 the prison management proceeded on closing every place that can allow light into her cell.
Last Friday, the prison management refused her lawyer Gatera the authorization to meet her for consultation, on the grounds that he had nothing more to do at the prison since his client has already been sentenced. However it is public knowledge that Mrs Victoire Ingabire has lodged an appeal to the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, which has yet to fix a hearing date. In this regard it does not make any sense to refuse the lawyer access to his client Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.