Yearly Archives: 2013

Rwanda: The conviction of Ms. Victoire Ingabire to 15 years in prison is a verdict against the whole Rwandan Democratic opposition.

RWANDA 
Amahoro People’s Congress  -    FDU-INKINGI -     RNC  

December 13, 2013

 

The conviction of Ms. Victoire Ingabire, FDU-INKINGI’s Chair, to 15 years in prison, far from being an isolated case, is a strong signal that the RPF regime has sent to the whole democratic opposition. Indeed, the current charges against Ms. Ingabire are somehow the same as those uttered against other opposition leaders convicted by Rwandan courts, namely: Deo Mushayidi, Chairman of PDP- IMANZI and Bernard Ntaganda, President of PS- IMBERAKURI. Ms. Ingabire atones for “the sins” of any democratic opposition.

However, during the hearings, Ms. Victoire Ingabire proved beyond any reasonable doubt, that the charges preferred against her were neither substantiated by any credible evidence nor any verifiable fact; a strong indication for a purely political trial.

Rwanda : Political prisoner, Victoire Ingabire will forever embody our democratic struggle – Statement

Brussels, 13 December 2013

 

Dear compatriots, dear friends of Rwanda, all of you who love peace, freedom and democracy,

The verdict has been rendered and it is devastating. Indeed, our party Chair, Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, has just unjustly been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The verdict of the Supreme Court extended the first judgement of the High Court dated 30 October 2012.

Our first words go to our party Chair, Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza to whom we express our unwavering support and promise to continue the fight she initiated until the total conquest of our rights and freedoms and the total liberation of the Rwandan people from the yoke of dictatorship under which it has been languishing for nearly two decades.

Our words also go to the family of the political prisoner, which has consented to so many sacrifices in the interests of the Rwandan people and which today is deprived of a mother or a wife.

Rwanda : The RPF regime determined to decapitate the political opposition

The Rwandan Supreme Court’s ruling on the appeal of the imprisoned opposition leader Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza is expected this Friday 13 December 2013.

Ms. Ingabire, the Chairperson of Rwanda’s FDU-Inkingi Party, was arrested three years ago, in October 2010, after attempting to run for president against sitting President Paul Kagame. The fate of Ms. Ingabire was clear from the day she arrived in Rwanda on 16 January 2010. In an interview with the Ugandan newspaper, The Daily Monitor, President Kagame declared that “this woman [Ingabire] will certainly be where she belongs”, implying that Ms. Ingabire deserved to be in prison.

RWANDAN OPPOSITION CONDOLENCES FOR THE DEATH OF HIS EXCELLENCY NELSON MANDELA

RWANDA
AMAHORO-PC/ FDU-INKINGI/ RNC-IHURIRO

06 December 2013

His Excellency Mr. President Jacob ZUMA
Union Buildings
Private Bag X1000,
Pretoria,
0001
South Africa.

Re: CONDOLENCES FOR THE DEATH OF HIS EXCELLENCY NELSON MANDELA

His Excellency Mr. President,

The Rwandan opposition organisations FDU-Inkingi, Rwanda National Congress and Amahoro People’s Congress would like to express to You, to the Government and people of South Africa and the family of His Excellency Nelson Mandela our deepest condolences on the death of one of the greatest leaders of our time.

Your country and the African continent and the whole world have lost the greatest freedom fighter whose leadership, wisdom, moral strength, dedication, fidelity, assiduity, standard and high-mindedness have shaped the South African nation as a role model for reconciliation, dialogue and nation building around the world.

May God Bless his memory and keep him in peace.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana
Coordinator
FDU-Inkingi
Lausanne, Switzerland

Etienne Masozera
President
Amahoro People’s Congress
Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
Coordinator
Rwanda National Congress (RNC)
Washington DC, USA

Condolences for the death of his excellency Nelson Mandela

BRUSSELS-BELGIUM: SPECIAL SIT-IN FOR VICTOIRE INGABIRE

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All of you who Peace, Freedom and Justice, this appeal is for you.

You may have already heard about it! It is definitely on 12/13/2013 that Ms. VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA, FDU-INKINGI’s Chair, will know the verdict of a political trial that opposes her to the Rwandan government.

Indeed, the KIGALI regime, in its tergiversation, preferred to continue harassing the FDU-INKINGI’s Chair, Ms. VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA, and the verdict of her trial shall ultimately be known on 12/13/2013.

Rwanda: Sylvain Sibomana, the FDU-Inkingi’s Interim Secretary General, has been unfairly sentenced to two years in prison.

Kigali, November 22, 2013

On Friday November 22, 2013, the Nyarugunga First Instance Court announced the verdict in the trial against Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, the FDU-Inkingi’s Interim Secretary General, and Mr. Dominique Shyirambere, on two accounts:

• Organizing illegal protests while attending the appeal court hearings in the trial against the FDU-Inkingi’s Chairperson, Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, on March 25, 2013, within the Kigali Supreme Court’s premises.

• Uttering defamation against Security Services.

This case had been first presented to the Gasabo High Court but owing to some jurisdiction limitations the High Court declared itself incompetent to try it. The Court had therefore decided to send the case back to the Nyarugunga First Instance Court where the same case had already been heard on November 4, 2013.

In its conclusions, the Nyarugunga First Instance Court found Mr. Sylvain Sibomana guilty of the above mentioned two accounts and sentenced him to two years in prison with a fine of one million Rwandan Francs (1,000,000 FRW) in litigation fee. With regard to Mr. Dominique Shyirambere, the Court sentenced him to five months in prison with the same fine of one million Rwandan Francs (1,000,000 FRW) in litigation fee.

Rwanda: The Dutch Ambassador made a courtesy visit to Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

Kigali, November 21, 2013

On Thursday, around 1pm, the Dutch Ambassador to Rwanda, Her Excellency Leoni CUELENAERE, paid a courtesy visit to Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the Chairperson of FDU-Inkingi, imprisoned at the infamous Kigali maximum security prison since October 2010.

During their talks, the two parties discussed issues relating to the democratization process in Rwanda and the situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

RWANDAN OPPOSITION CALLS FOR PEACE TALKS WITH KIGALI

November 11th, 2013

H.E. Jacob Zuma
President of the Republic of South Africa
Pretoria
South Africa

H.E. Jakaya M. Kikwete
President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Dar-es salaam
Tanzania

H.E. Joseph Kabila
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of Congo

H.E. Dr. Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma
Chairperson
African Union
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

H.E. Mary Robinson
Special Envoy to the United Great Lakes Region
United Nations
New York
USA

Hon. Russ Feingold
U.S Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region
Washington, D.C.,
USA

Your Excellencies,

RE: AMAHORO PEOPLE’S CONGRESS, FDU-INKINGI AND THE RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS CALL FOR A PEACEFUL AND NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT IN RWANDA

We, on behalf of the undersigned Rwandan opposition political organizations:

1) call upon the United Nations, the European Union, African Union, and the governments of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and the United States of America to use their leverage to support comprehensive and unconditional dialogue between the Government of Rwanda on one side, and the FDLR and the political opposition on the other;

2) strongly recommend that the international community convey a strong message to the Government of Rwanda to end persecution (including arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture; involuntary disappearances, and extra-judicial killings) of government opponents and critics and their relatives in Rwanda, Uganda and other countries where Rwandans have sought asylum;

Rwanda : Open letter to President Museveni on ill-treatment of Rwandan refugees in Uganda

AMAHORO PEOPLE’S CONGRESS * RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS * FDU-INKINGI

H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,

President,

Republic of Uganda.

 

November 7, 2013.

 

Your Excellency,

 

Re: Treatment of Rwandan Asylum Seekers and Refugees Living in Uganda

 

We, the undersigned, have been compelled by recent events to write to Your Excellency on behalf of the organizations we serve to express our grave concerns for the security of some of the tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees who have either sought asylum in Uganda or are in transit in Uganda awaiting opportunity to seek refuge in other countries.

The obligation of states to guarantee the basic human rights and physical security extends to refugees and asylum seekers n their territories. The Human Rights Committee has expressly affirmed that all civil and political rights must be guaranteed by states without discrimination between citizens and aliens. The internationally recognized rights that refugees and asylum-seekers enjoy include the fundamental right to life, liberty and security of person, the right to be free from torture and other cruel or degrading treatment, the right not to be discriminated against, and the right of access to the courts.

Refugees are also entitled to protection from refoulement and expulsion. Asylum seekers may not be summarily? returned without giving them access to full and fair asylum procedures. The doctrine of non-refoulement is now recognized as a norm of customary international law of universal application, and it applies to all government agents acting in an official capacity, within or outside their national territory. All persons are also protected under international human rights law from return to any country where they would be in danger of being subjected to torture.

Rwanda: The postponement of the verdict in the trial of Victoire Ingabire amounts to a diversionary tactic

We learned without a big surprise that the Rwandan judicial authorities have decided not to announce the long-awaited verdict in the trial of FDU-Inkingi’s Chair, Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, and her four co-defendants.

This maneuver which aims to maintain an innocent person in prison is unacceptable. Indeed, Ms. Victoire Ingabire has just spent three years and two weeks in the Kigali maximum security prison solely because she dared to demand the opening of political space until now padlocked by the RPF regime which does not allow any political party that is not beholden to the RPF to operate freely. Only organizations that have pledged allegiance to the RPF can aspire to the status of political party in Rwanda; all others are either prohibited or persecuted or subjected to internal divisions orchestrated by the regime.

BRUSSELS: SPECIAL SIT-IN FOR VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA

Ladies / Gentlemen,

All of you who love peace, freedom and justice, please mark your calendars!

Yes, the 1st of November 2013 is approaching…

Indeed, it is on November 1st 2013 that Ms. VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA, FDU-INKINGI’s Chair, will know the verdict of the political trial that opposes her with the Rwandan government.

On this occasion, the political party FDU-INKINGI organizes a SPECIAL SIT-IN while waiting for the verdict.

Venue:

RWANDA Embassy in Brussels
Avenue Des Fleurs, 1
1150 BRUSSELS

Date and Time: 11/01/2013 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

Come massively to:

• Support Ms. VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA, FDU –INKINGI’s Chair, and denounce her political trial in Kigali.

• Demand her immediate and unconditional release, as well as the release of all other political prisoners in Rwanda.

• Condemn all acts of human rights violations and intimidation directed against all members of the political opposition in Rwanda.

• Request the opening of political space in Rwanda.

Come massively to support this citizen action.

Please share the information.

Contact Persons:
- Joseph Bukeye: +32478973762
- Antoine NIYITEGEKA: +32478489258

Note:
Simultaneously for the same occasion, a SPECIAL SIT-IN will be held in front of the Dutch Parliament.

Venue:
Dutch Parliament
Full 2, Den Haag.

Date and Time: 01/11/2013 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Contact Persons:
Stanis NIYIBIZI: +31623087688
John D. RUGOMBOKA: +31610299544.

Paul Kagame’s trips to the West not worth the headache

By Judi Rever
Digital Journal
Oct 17, 2013

Toronto - It is simply too embarrassing for Paul Kagame to visit the West anymore, as eager as the Rwandan president is to pose as a respected African statesman. His visit to Toronto last month was stirring evidence of this.
On September 28, the president slipped into “Toronto the Good” to meet with members of the Rwandan diaspora and celebrate Rwanda Day. The Canadian government had gone to great lengths to avoid commenting on the private visit, except to say that if the leader did set foot in the country, the RCMP and local police would be obliged to provide security, since as head of state he qualified as an internationally protected person.

RWANDA: THE POLITICAL PLATFORM SPEEDS UP FOR CHANGE

Brussels, 13 October 2013

Today the 13th October, 2013 the platform regrouping political organisations AMAHORO People’s Congress, Rwanda National Congress RNC and FDU-INKINGI held a public meeting bringing together hundreds of Rwandans including other opposition figures, delegates and members of the civil society. Key leaders represented the platform:

 Mr. Etienne Masozera, President of Amahoro People’s Congress and his colleagues Mr. Gallican Gasana, secretary general and Dr. Narcisse Gakuba, Senior Planning Commissioner;
 Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, RNC overall Coordinator; Mr. Joseph Ngarambe, secretary general; Mr. Jonathan Musonera, Senior Mobilisation commissioner and Mr. Jean Marie Micombero, RNC senior external relations official in EU;
 The FDU-INKINGI coordinating committee was represented by its Coordinator Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana; Mr. Charles Ndereyehe, Political Commissioner; Mr. Sixbert Musangamfura, External Relations Commissioner; Mr. Joseph Bukeye, Mobilisation Commissioner; Madam Madeleine Bicamumpaka, Finances Commissioner and Mr. Michel Niyibizi, Social affairs Commissioner.

 The platform publicly welcomed its new member, the political party Amahoro People’s Congress;
 On it’s upcoming third anniversary, the platform reviewed its achievements and discussed a joint strategy for a timely change in Rwanda;
 Feedback from the public and campaign for a more active support;
 The plight of Rwandan political prisoners.

Rwanda: Opposition commends US sanctions against the Rwandan regime for recruitment and use of child soldiers.

RWANDA

Amahoro People’s Congress  -    FDU-INKINGI -     RNC

 

03 October 2013,

RWANDAN OPPOSITION COMMENDS THE UNITED STATES FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF RWANDA FOR ITS USE OF CHILD SOLDIERS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Today the 3rd October, 2013, the United States Government announced  sanctions  against five countries for their use of child soldiers in armed conflict. The countries are Rwanda, Syria, Burma(Myanmar) and the Central African Republic.

“Our goal is to work with countries who have been listed to ensure that any involvement in child soldiers – any involvement in the recruitment of child soldiers – stop,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

Rwanda will, based on these sanctions, be denied funds for military assistance. The 2008 law also allows U.S. officials to block licences needed for Rwanda to buy military equipment.

We commend the efforts of the United States Government to have taken the lead in bringing the Kigali regime to account for the horrendous human rights abuses committed in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We call upon the United States Government and other members of the international community to impose comprehensive and targeted sanctions against the Kigali regime.

We call upon the United Nations Security Council for follow suit and institute sanctions against the Government of Rwanda for the use of child soldiers in its current support of the M23 rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as for other human rights abuses, war crimes and crimes against humanity including those documented by the United Nations Mapping Report of 2010.

 

Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana

Co-ordinator, FDU-Inkingi

Lausane, Switzerland

 

Etienne Masozera

President, Amahoro Peoples Congress

Ottawa, Canada

 

Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa

Co-ordinator, Rwanda National Congress

Washington D.C.

USA

 

Rwandan opposition commends US sanctions against Rwanda for child soldiers

COLLOSAL ERROR TO INVITE KAGAME TO PANEL ON GENOCIDE

To those wishing to lessen genocide:

It would be a colossal error to invite Pres. Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who is himself one of the foremost genocidists in the world, as a panelist to discuss this topic on Sept. 29. Why do I say this? Because from June, 1994-August, 1996, I served as U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, neighbor to Rwanda, as 1,000 refugees per day were fleeing from Rwanda to Burundi.

Rwanda: The British ambassador made ​​a courtesy visit to Ms Victoire Ingabire

Kigali, September 18, 2013.

On  Wednesday, September 18, 2013, the British ambassador accredited to  Kigali  went to Kigali maximum security prison to visit Ms Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the Chairperson of FDU-Inkingi and political prisoner for 3 years, who is still waiting for the appeal verdict.

The two parties discussed the political situation in Rwanda which was dominated by the last legislative elections in which no genuine opposition party was allowed to participate.