Monthly Archives: October 2013

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