Yearly Archives: 2012

RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS AND FDU-INKINGI ENCOURAGED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STAND ON RWANDA AND DRC

December 19, 2012.

His Excellency Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

Washington DC

USA

 

Your Excellency,

 

On behalf of Rwanda National Congress and FDU-Inkingi, it is our honor to re-iterate that we are greatly encouraged by the stand you have taken on the crisis in the Great Lakes region.

Rwanda: Political prisoner Ingabire files an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Kigali 17 December 2012

 

 FDU-Inkingi Chair, Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza sentenced on 30 October 2012 to 8-year prison term by the Kigali High Court on politically motivated charges, has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Rwanda. The notice of appeal  was given to the court clerk today and no docket fee was demanded. The appellant will be  represented by Batonnier Gatera Gashabana and Barrister Iain Edwards.

Her decision to appeal does not condone the flawed politicized judiciary under the hood of the dictatorship and absence of rule of law but only paves the way to future referral to international, regional or continental jurisdictions and/or international Human Rights courts basing their grounds, merits and eligibility criteria on the rule of exhaustion of domestic remedies.

Rwanda : 7 fellow FDU- Inkingi members preventively detained since 15th September 2012 still in Custody

 

Seven fellow FDU- Inkingi members preventively detained since 15th September 2012 still in Custody: The intermediate court of Karongi has heard the bail appeal.

Today, 28th November 2012 during the appeal hearing, the prosecution has injected an additional conclusion to the court, charging the accused of acts of felony, according to the 570 article of the national penal code.[1]”.

The fellow members detained are Mutuyimana Anselme, Uwiringiyimana Venuste,Ufitamahoro Norbert,Twizeyimana Valens, Byukusenge Emmanuel, Nahimana Marcel and Ms Gasengayire Leonille. This appeal hearing was supposed to seize on 21st November, but it has not seized due to a conscious miscommunication between the Karongi court and the Prison of Muhanga. This kind of court ruling delay has been used for long by Rwandan jurisdiction system to weaken the opposition moral in general and to break any opposition support attempt.

DRC: THERE WILL BE NO LASTING PEACE WITHOUT SANCTIONS AGAINST RWANDAN LEADERS ARMING AND OVERSEEING THE REBELS.

PRESS RELEASE.

Date : 19 November 2012.

Considering the 12 October 2012 final report by the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo addressed to the Chairman of Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1533 (2004) concerning the DRC ; Considering the current disaster in and around GOMA, capital city of North Kivu , and the ultimatum given by the M23 rebellion to the Government of the DRC to negotiate or loose this key regional city;

The coordinating Committees of the Rwandan political organisations FDU-INKINGI and RNC demand direct sanctions against the Rwandan Defense Minister General James Kabarebe, General Charles Kayonga and other Rwandan officials mentioned in the UN Group of Experts Report. Those officials are under direct command of President Paul Kagame who must face international justice in respect to crimes against humanity committed in the DRC by his warlords. We believe that durable peace and security in the region will not be possible without robust sanctions targeting the highest level of the real masterminds of this unfolding tragedy.

 

DRC: THERE WILL BE NO LASTING PEACE WITHOUT SANCTIONS AGAINST RWANDAN LEADERS ARMING AND OVERSEEING THE REBELS

Date:19 November 2012.

Considering the 12 October 2012 final report by the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo addressed to the Chairman of Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1533 (2004) concerning the DRC; Considering the current disaster in and around GOMA, capital city of Noth Kivu , and the ultimatum given by the M23 rebellion to the Government of the DRC to negotiate or loose this key regional city;

Rwanda – Congratulations on Obama reelection

Lausanne, November 07, 2012.

H.E.  Barack H. Obama

President of the United States of America

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20500

Re: Letter of congratulations from the coordinating committee of FDU-Inkingi (Rwanda) to His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, on his reelection as President of the United States of America.

Your Excellency,

The American people have just chosen you again to preside over their destiny for the next four years.

It gives us immense pleasure to extend, on behalf of the coordinating committee of the Rwandan opposition FDU-INKINGI, our warmest congratulations and sincere greetings to Your Excellency. We are confident that your re-election will allow you to move forward with new and ambitious goals for the United States, as well as internationally. Your stunning victory rewards a tireless commitment to serving the American people and the world.

Rwanda : A brutal and uncompromising verdict against Ingabire

October 30, 2012.

A brutal and uncompromising verdict: Today, Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chairperson of Unified Democratic Forces-FDU-Inkingi, was sentenced to 8 years in prison by the High Court of Kigali.

 

The Rwandan justice system is broken.

All of you who might still doubt the unfairness and the lack of independence of the Rwandan justice system with regard to the regime of Paul Kagame, open your eyes. Throughout the trial, we tirelessly showed you how the High Court, by violating basic judicial procedures and evidence of innocence presented by the defense, persisted in its wanderings and declared itself competent to judge the facts all of which were unsubstantiated and were contested by the defense, the facts that apparently occurred before the law repressing them was enacted or the facts that have been committed outside the jurisdiction of the High Court. Even the illegal acquisition of the evidential documents from the Netherlands, which were supposed to show the collaboration of Madame Victoire Ingabire with the armed rebellion of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), turned out to be a windbag. The Prosecution failed to provide, beyond any reasonable doubt, the evidence of guilt for Madame Victoire Ingabire. By refusing to consider the testimonies and breaches to the judicial procedure that were presented by the defense team, and moreover, by violating the basic legal principles of non-retroactivity of criminal laws and jurisdictions, the High Court failed to interpret the law and therefore denied to Madame Victoire Ingabire the right to a fair trial.

Rwanda: 8 year prison sentence for Political prisoner Ingabire

VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA RWANDAN POLITICAL PRISONER

Kigali 30 October 2012

Finally the High court issues ruling in Ingabire political case: 8 years in prison for genocide ideology and conspiracy against the government by use of war and terrorism. This kangaroo ruling is “politically and intellectually dishonest” and so poorly formulated but the political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, FDU-Inkingi Chairperson, is not filing an appeal because she has totally lost confidence in this judiciary circus. By giving orders to the judicial to sentence Madame Victoire Ingabire to 8 years behind bars, President Paul Kagame’s regime has missed the last corner for any chance of reconciliation, unity and stability in this country.Rwanda will never be the same.

Rwanda: Tomorrow, political prisoner Ingabire will be sentenced

Kigali 29 October 2012

 

This time after several postponements, hesitations and international mood-sensing, Paul Kagame’s regime has finally decided to sentence the opposition leader, the 2012 Sakharov prize nominee,  Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. It’s tomorrow 30 October at 10:00 High court time.  Sources confirm that a special cell in MPANGA central prison has been already prepared for her before this symbolical ruling by the High  court. From different corners of the country, some RPF followers have been prepared for national radio and TV live  and studio call-in congratulating messages to the regime for the sentence of the FDU-Inkingi chairperson, presented as the worst national enemy. This moment is historical for the struggle for democracy, justice and freedoms in Rwanda. It’s a turning point, a paradigm shift in the recent history of Rwanda. A day we will all remember.

Rwanda: Two members of FDU-Inkingi abducted, 3 others intimidated.

Kigali, 22 October 2012.

 

On 17 October, 2012, at around 9pm, Mr. Michel Niyomugabo and Mr. Eugene Nsabimana residents of Kangondo II Village, Nyarutarama Cell, Remera Sector, Gasabo District, while gathered in family at home, were suddenly besieged by individuals who usually team up with state security services. A police vehicle was rushed to the place shortly after reserve forces personnel. They quickly seized the two young men, threw them into that vehicle and took them to the police station of Remera for the whole night. In the morning, the two young men were taken to undisclosed location and their whereabouts remain unknown up to date. When the father of Michel Niyomugabo tried to inquire about the whereabouts of his son and his employee, the kidnapers intimidated him saying that if he too would like to be taken he should get in the vehicle right away.

RWANDA: Political prisoner INGABIRE verdict postponed to 30 October 2012.

Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza - Rwanda political prisoner

Kigali, 19 October 2012

The High Court today postponed to 30 October 2012, 10:00 for the 4th time the verdict  in the “life sentence” case against political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza,  FDU-INKINGI Chair, in maximum prison since 14 October 2010. The court informed the public that before the final ruling there is a need to “fast track the prosecution phrasing of genocide ideology charges and to include the Supreme court refusal of the constitutional review lodged by the defendant”.

Rwanda: Supreme court unanimously dismisses Ingabire review

Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza - Rwanda political prisoner

Kigali, 18 October 2012

Finally, this Thursday 18 October 2012, 13:00, the Supreme Court of Rwanda dismissed the constitutional review case submitted by political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza on grounds of lack of merits. The court panel stated that the genocide ideology laws are clear and there is no conflict with the constitutional freedoms of expression.

FDU-INKINGI Chair Madame Victoire Ingabire, 2012 Sakharov nominee, demanded the supreme court to exclude the law on genocide ideology because it is vague and is used to restrict freedom of expression. The large broad scope of expression that may be proscribed under this law fails to meet constitutional values and international laws.

The UN Security Council must sanction the Rwandan government for violation of the arms embargo and the Geneva Conventions.

Press Release.

The Group of Experts of the UN Security Council has just published a new report which shows that, despite strong warnings to the Rwandan government and the Rwandan-Congolese rebels of M23, the enrolment in fighting of child soldiers and former rebels of the FDLR, which were forcibly repatriated, continue unabated. Massive violations of human rights such as summary executions of new recruits and prisoners continue on a daily basis with impunity. These facts, which constitute war crimes under the Geneva Conventions, are carried out while the rebels of M23 and the Rwandan regime continue to defy current arms embargo and sanctions applicable to eastern Congo. The Rwandan government, whose soldiers have never left the Congolese territory, continues to support the rebels of M23 through diverse supports including political advice, intelligence services, supplying weapons and encouraging desertions within the Congolese army.

RWANDA : FDU-INKINGI MEMBERS DEMAND BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION TO HELP DEFUSE POLITICAL MANHUNT

Today, 17 October 2012, 09:30, about 50 members of the opposition went to the UK High Commission in Kigali to demand the key bilateral partner to help defuse unrelenting manhunt against them. Only 21 FDU-Inkingi members were allowed in while others stayed outside the premises under a heavy scrutiny of Criminal Investigations Department and Military Intelligence joint patrols. They all left after 11:00. Some protesters had white T-shirts “WE NEED DEMOCRACY” and “WE NEED JUSTICE”  flyers. A written call for international solidarity untitled “RWANDA:CRUSHED OPPOSITION NOW PUSHED TO THE EDGE”  was taken to Embassies of USA, Netherlands, France and the European Union Representation in Rwanda as well.

RWANDA: APPEAL COURT SENTENCES 8 FDU INKINGI MEMBERS TO PRISON, JOINING SAKHAROV PRIZE NOMINEE INGABIRE ON HER SECOND ANNIVERSARY IN MAXIMUM PRISON.

Kigali, 16 October 2012

On 15 October 2012, the KARONGI Intermediate Court has refused the bail appeal of 8 members of FDU-Inkingi arrested in Rutsiro District on politically motivated charges after they attended a meeting with the party interim secretary General Sylvain Sibomana, himself now under a red notice as a most wanted offender.

Political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, European Union 2012 Sakharov prize for freedom of thought nominee, has completed her second anniversary in maximum prison.

RWANDA : THE ICC CONFIRMS DRC INVESTIGATIONS IN A FRESH LETTER TO COUNSEL OF FDU-INKINGI AND RNC .

PRESS  RELEASE.

M.P. Dillon, Head of the Information & Evidence Unit in the Office of the ICC Prosecutor says  in a letter with Reference OTP-CR-239/12 dated The Hague, Thursday, 11 October 2012 sent to counsel Barrister Christopher C. Black in relation to the complaint against President Kagame and his accomplices submitted on 17 August 2012 in the Hague (ICC) on behalf of FDU-INKINGI, RNC, Réseau International Femmes pour la Démocratie et la Paix (RIFDP) and other civil and political groups :

 

«On behalf of the Prosecutor, I thank you for your communication received on 17/08/2012, as well as any subsequent related information, concerning the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As you probably know, the Office is now investigating the situation in the DRC. In June 2003, in response to various communications, the Prosecutor identified the situation as a priority for his Office. In April 2004, the DRC formally referred the situation of the DRC to the Prosecutor. In June 2004, the Prosecutor announced his decision to open an investigation into the situation in the DRC. In making his announcement, the Prosecutor underscored his intention to focus on the perpetrators most responsible for crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court now being committed in the DRC. (…)»