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Plea to stop attempt to deport Rwandan Refugees and government critics living in the Netherlands

June 24th, 2014

His Excellency Mark Rutte
Minister-president, Minister van Algemene Zaken
Postbus 20001; 2500 EA Den Haag
The Netherlands


Re: Plea to stop attempt to deport Rwandan Refugees and government critics living in the Netherlands

Your Excellency,

We, the undersigned, send this letter to your Excellency, to express our deep concerns for the security of many Rwandan refugees who have sought asylum in the Netherlands. This urgent call by the leaders of Rwandan opposition groups FDU-Inkingi, Rwanda National Congress (RNC), Parti Social-Imberakuri, Amahoro People’s Congress, PDR-Ihumure and PDP-Imanzi is based on unrelenting threats to deport to their home country, without any due process, many Rwandan refugees accused of acts of genocide. We believe that the decision of Madam Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza (Chair, FDU-Inkingi) and Me Bernard Ntaganda (Founder and Chair, PS-Imberakuri) to take part in the presidential elections in 2010 and the subsequent flawed judicial process that they faced, should be an eye opener to the Netherlands authorities.

Rwanda: Government intensifies intimidation of FDU-Inkingi leaders

Paris, June 27, 2014

Today, Mr. Boniface Twagirimana, FDU-Inkingi Interim Vice Chair, was stripped off his mobile phones and national ID card, confiscated by secret services, when he went to visit the party Interim Secretary-General, Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, in Kimironko detention facility, where the latter has been detained since April 2, 2013 on politically motivated charges. Allegations of torture targeting FDU-Inkingi detained members have been reported in Kimironko, Muhanga and Mpanga prisons.

Rwanda: Police must be held accountable for the soaring disappearance rate

Paris, May 22nd, 2014

These past few months, a number of reports that the police failed to respond to the wave of disappearances of an astounding number of civilians in different parts of Rwanda have reached an alarming level. Most of these cases occurred in Rubavu District in Western Province, Musanze District in Northern Province and Nyarugenge District in Kigali City Province. The role of the police and other security forces must be fully investigated. They need to take stock of their inability to solve many serious crimes and summary executions committed by their members.

Reliable information indicates that most of the people gone missing have been abducted by police officers and operatives of secret services on suspicion of collaborating with the FDLR, a Rwandan armed group based in Eastern DRC. In some cases, the whereabouts of the victims are still unknown since March 2014. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has investigated some of these cases and has recently reported that it has received information that some of the people who were forcibly disappeared were detained by Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) and believes that they may be in military custody. The Rwandan military has denied.

Rwanda: Letter of congratulations to President Jacob Zuma, on the commending victory of ANC in South Africa’s general elections

RWANDA
Amahoro People’s Congress – FDU-INKINGI – Rwanda National Congress

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May 10th , 2014

Letter of congratulations to President Jacob Zuma, on the commending victory of ANC in South Africa’s general elections.

H.E. President Jacob Zuma
President of the Republic of South Africa
Union Buildings
Private Bag X1000,
Pretoria,
0001
South Africa

His Excellency,

On behalf of the Rwandan political platform FDU – Inkingi, Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and Amahoro People’s Congress, we extend sincere congratulations on the landslide victory of ANC in the 7 May 2014 national elections. South Africa has again chosen your party, African National Congress, to preside over its destiny for another term. Your tireless leadership, extraordinary dedication and wisdom have raised immense hope in your country and in the whole Africa during this period of a radically changing continent with enormous challenges. And you were the right person to lead your party to this commanding victory.