Monthly Archives: May 2013

RWANDA : POLITICAL OPPOSITION WELCOMES TANZANIA PRESIDENT J. KIKWETE’S WISE AND HISTORIC ADVICE FOR LASTING PEACE

PRESS RELEASE.

Date : 31st May 2013.

In Addis Ababa, on 26th May, 2013, in a speech before the African Union, at the first meeting of the regional oversight mechanism of the peace, security and cooperation framework for the DRC and the region, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho KIKWETE, President of the United Republic of Tanzania advised that comprehensive and lasting peace will be realised at the negotiating table and that time has come to reach out to FDLR, ADF and other negative forces with the view to ending the circle of violence. The President of Tanzania reiterated that supporting a peace deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo, necessitated a global peace deal that would include negotiating with the rebel groups.

“I am of the view that the enlargement of MONUSCO and the deployment of Intervention Brigade to play a dissuading role will not end the war. Ultimately, and comprehensive and lasting peace will be realised at the negotiating table. Let us give serious attention to peace talks. Let the Mechanism support the process in Kampala. Time has come to reach out to FDLR, ADF and other negative forces with the view to ending the circle of violence”, he said.

EU: Speech by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger on behalf of HRVP Catherine Ashton on the case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire

Source:
Europa Press Releases Rapid
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-13-455_en.htm?locale=en
Reference: SPEECH/13/455 Event Date:23/05/2013

 

European Commission

Catherine Ashton

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission

Speech by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger on behalf of HRVP Catherine Ashton on the case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire

European Parliament/Strasbourg

23 May 2013

Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament.

The improvement of the Justice system in Rwanda is crucial to consolidate the rule of law in the country.

The EU, together with Member States and the international community, has been firmly engaged in this process, politically and through its cooperation instruments.

European Parliament resolution of 23 May 2013 on Rwanda: case of Victoire Ingabire (2013/2641(RSP))

Source: 

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2013-233

Texts adopted Thursday, 23 May 2013-Strasbourg
Rwanda: case of Victoire Ingabire

The European Parliament ,
–  having regard to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR),–  having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which was ratified by Rwanda in 1975,

–  having regard to the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance,

–  having regard to the instruments of the United Nations and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, in particular the Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Fair Trial and Legal Assistance in Africa,

–  having regard to the answer by VP/HR Ashton of 4 February 2013 to Written Question E-010366/2012 regarding Victoire Ingabire,

–  having regard to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, and particularly to Annex VII thereto, which calls for the promotion of human rights, democracy based on the rule of law and transparent and accountable governance,

–  having regard to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,

–  having regard to the Amnesty International report ‘Justice in jeopardy: The first instance trial of Victoire Ingabire’ of 2013,

–  having regard to Rules 122(5) and 110(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas in 2010, after 16 years in exile in the Netherlands, Victoire Ingabire, President of the Unified Democratic Forces (UDF(1) ), a coalition of Rwandan opposition parties, returned to Rwanda to run in the presidential election;

B.  whereas Victoire Ingabire, who was ultimately barred from standing in the election, was arrested on 14 October 2010; whereas the election was won, with 93 % of the vote, by the outgoing President, Paul Kagame, leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF); whereas the UDF had not been able to register as a political party before the 2010 election;  whereas other opposition parties were subject to similar treatment;

C.  whereas Ms Ingabire’s political activities have focused on, among others issues, the rule of law, freedom of political associations and the empowerment of women in Rwanda;

D.  whereas the RPF continues to be the dominant political party in Rwanda under President Kagame, controlling public life along the lines of a one-party system, with critics of the Rwandan authorities being harassed, intimidated and imprisoned;

E.  whereas on 30 October 2012 Victoire Ingabire was sentenced to eight years in prison; whereas she was convicted of two updated charges and acquitted of four others; whereas she was found guilty of conspiracy to harm the authorities using terrorism, and of minimising the 1994 genocide, on the basis of her presumed relations with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Hutu rebel group; whereas the Public Prosecutor sought a sentence of life imprisonment;

Rwanda: The prosecutor seems to ignore where the Interim Secretary-General of FDU-Inkingi is detained!

Kigali , May 27, 2013.
 
On Monday, May 27, 2013, Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, the Interim Secretary-General of FDU-Inkingi, and Dominique Shyirambere, were supposed to appear before the High Court of Kigali. The hearing did not take place due to the absence of all of the defendants. As a reminder, Mr. Sylvain Sibomana is detained in Muhanga Prison while Dominique Shyirambere is held in Remera prison.
 

FDU-INKINGI AND RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC) COMMEND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS REFORMS IN RWANDA.

PRESS RELEASE.

 

Date : 23rd May 2013.

The European Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday 23 May 2013, calling for measures leading to the abolition of the death penalty in India and to human rights reforms in Rwanda, and expressing concerns about the situation of hunger striking prisoners in Guantanamo.

We welcome and support this resolution by the Parliament to exert continued pressure to encourage human rights reforms in Rwanda.

The full text of the resolution on Rwanda is as follows :

Rwanda: The new law on political parties is meant to permanently seal off the political space

In anticipation of legislative elections in August-September 2013, the Kigali regime has changed the law on political parties so that it may permanently seal off the political space.

It was believed that in Rwanda, institutions and draconian laws had reached the bottom and that it was unimaginable that the Rwandan regime could still seal off the political space. Well, no, the Rwandan dictatorship knows no bottom. Indeed, a new institution, the Rwanda Governance Board, created in 2011, and the new law on political parties recently adopted by the Senate Chamber, will be responsible for continuing to push the system into an abysmal hole.

With regard to the registration and the recognition of political parties, the responsibilities have been transferred to a nebula called Rwanda Governance Board mentioned above whose independence is highly questionable and dubious given the fact that its creation and performance contract depend on the discretion of the Government.

Rwanda: Secretary General of FDU-Inkingi, once again battered by the security services.

Kigali, 14th May 2013.

On the night Friday the 10th of May 2013, security officers at the detention centre of Kimirinko once again battered Sylvain Sibomana, Secretary General of FDU-Inkingi and his colleague Shyirambere Dominique member of FDU-Inkingi. During the day they were denied food brought to them by the family during the permitted regular Friday visits. Mr Sylvain Sibomana needs special diet due to his health problems and medical papers were presented to prison authorities 4 weeks ago to no avail. They have now even refused him access to food brought once a week on Fridays by family members. He is obliged to eat maize, given to ordinary prisoners who have no health problem. He is not even allowed to buy food from the canteen inside prison. Consequently his health has been deteriorating.

Rwanda: Critics of the government are denied the right to appear in court.

 

Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, Interim Secretary General of FDU-Inkingi and Mr. Dominic Shyirambere were battered by the Police before being dumped in prison for the simple reason that they had gone to attend the hearing in the appeal case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza at the Supreme Court.

On the 10th of April 2013, a judge of the High Court of Gasabo ordered, at the request of the public prosecution, the extension of the provisional detention of 30 days and their transfer to Kimironko prison. The reasons given for the extension of their detention was to contain their “attempts to incite an uprising of the population against the government”. This has become a very serious crime against anyone who does not want to toe the official political line of RPF.

Rwanda: Congratulations to King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima

Lausanne, April 30, 2013.

Your Majesty King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima

It is our great pleasure to congratulate you as New King and Queen of the Netherlands, on behalf of the Rwandan opposition party FDU-Inkingi.

We have enjoyed many years of Queen Beatrix and have full confidence that we will also enjoy your kingship.

We could use this opportunity to foster cooperation with Rwanda, especially your knowledge about the administration and management of water and the support from Queen Maxima with respect to micro-credits. But before we get there, we desperately need your support in our fight to help us explain to the Rwandan government that peace, freedom of expression and fair trial for everyone, are vital for any democracy.

Once again, congratulations on your inauguration and your coronation for many years to come.

Yours sincerely,

FDU-Inkingi Coordinating Committee
Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana
Coordinator