Monthly Archives: October 2012

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. (…)»

RWANDA: INGABIRE SUPREME COURT VERDICT POSTPONED AGAIN.

Opposition leader Victoire Ingabrie in front of the Supreme court in Kigali

Kigali, 05 October 2012

The Supreme court has just postponed to 18 October 2012 (11:00) for the third time the verdict on political prisoner Ingabire constitutional review case on controversial genocide ideology and divisionism laws. This time the official reason is an absent judge. Disappointed supporters gathered at the court house, but left peacefully. This is slowly pushing people to march on till freedom from york of bondage is won.

Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, FDU-Inkingi chair, has been arrested two years ago on politically motivated charges. She has been boycotting the last parts of her trial after serious intimidation of her lone witness. The High court is due to issue a life sentence ruling on 19 October 2012.

Rwanda: Eviction threat to FDU member Theophile Ntirutwa

Kigali, 02 October 2012

 

The local administration and members of the paramilitary militia known as “local defense” intruded the home of Mr. Theophile Ntirutwa, located in Nyarutarama (Kangondo II , Remera sector, Gasabo district) and took him to Nyarutarama police custody for a few hours. His house was sealed off and was ordered to pay Frw 20,000 and told to get out of that area. Apparently this happened after he turned down money collectors from Agaciro development fund, the controversial fund set to pump money from  the population to compensate the delayed budget aid in light to overwhelming information that Rwanda is backing M23 rebels in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.