Monthly Archives: November 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.