Monthly Archives: September 2016

RWANDA: MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF FDU-INKINGI IN KIGALI

PRESS RELEASE

MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF FDU-INKINGI IN KIGALI

After a formal written refusal by the Rwandan government, officially transmitted by Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to meet the political prisoner Mrs.  Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chairperson of FDU-Inkingi political party, on the grounds that because Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza was convicted under Rwandan laws, her case should therefore not concern the European Parliament, the parliamentary delegation of the European Parliament Committee on women’s rights and gender equality (FEMM) of the European Parliament led by its President, the Spanish Member of European Parliament (MEP) Ms. Iratxe GARCÍA PÉREZ, met with a delegation from the Steering Committee of FDU-Inkingi led by the first Vice-President, Mr. Boniface Twagirimana accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner for Strategy and Political Affairs, Mr. Gratien Nsabiyaremye, on  September 21, 2016.

During their talks, the first Vice-President of FDU-Inkingi expressed difficult working conditions of the opposition in Rwanda (as evidenced by the recent abduction of Mr. Theophile Ntirutwa and the imprisonment of Miss Gasengayire Leonille) and in general, the state of human rights in Rwanda.

FDU-Inkingi would like to thank the European Parliament for sending its delegation to Rwanda to inquire about the limitations on human rights in Rwanda and for having clearly expressed its position on the unjust detention of the political prisoner Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.

FDU-Inkingi would also like to thank the delegation of the FEMM Commission for meeting with its representatives in Rwanda.

FDU-Inkingi remains convinced that the opening up of the political space to allow Rwandan citizens to exercise their constitutional rights of association and expression is the only way conducive to lasting peace in our country and in the Great Lakes region.

Done at Paris, 21 September 2016.

For FDU-Inkingi

Dr. Emmanuel Mwiseneza

Second Secretary General

Email: emwiseneza@hotmail.com

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RWANDA: THEOPHILE NTIRUTWA RECOVERED HIS FREEDOM AFTER TWO DAYS OF TORTURE

Kidnapped on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 9pm local time, Mr. Théophile Ntirutwa, local leader of FDU-Inkingi in Kigali-City, reappeared yesterday September 20, 2016 at 11pm.

According to his testimony, Mr. Théophile Ntirutwa was kidnapped by soldiers while he was returning home on his motorcycle. He was forced into their vehicle. Upon tying him up, handcuffing and blindfolding him, the soldiers took him to a locality he couldn’t formally identify because his head and eyes were covered. However, he thinks that it could be the Kami military barrack because of the time it took the soldiers to get there and evidence he came across for a brief moment when the bandage was removed from his eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 1: Théophile Ntirutwa before his abduction   Picture 2: Théophile Ntirutwa after his release

Renewed call on the Burundian and Rwandan Governments to conduct a prompt investigation of deaths in Lake Rweru

PRESS RELEASE N° 017/2016

In July and August 2014 more than forty (40) corpses were discovered, wrapped in plastic, in Lake Rweru, which borders Burundi and Rwanda

Following the discovery the United States government made an” urgent call on the Burundian and Rwandan Governments to conduct a prompt, thorough, impartial and concerted investigation of these deaths with the assistance of independent, international forensic experts”.

The US call had been preceded by the call for investigation on corpses found in Lake Rweru. A European Union official had told Radio France International that the EU had asked both countries to expedite investigations to identify where the bodies came from and the cause of the people’s death.

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI CONDEMNS ARBITRARY SENTENCE OF ITS ASSISTANT TREASURER MISS GASENGAYIRE LEONILLE

As there was no evidence against Miss Leonille Gasengayire, the assistant treasurer of FDU-Inkingi, the court of first instance of Ruhango has ruled that she would be kept in detention for 30 days’ imprisonment, while the prosecution is looking for evidence to charge her. In its ruling, the court justified the detention on the ground that time was needed to gather evidence to prove her guilt.  Under normal procedures, the prosecution has to have evidence of guilt against the accused otherwise the accused should be released. The sentence is therefore part of a series of measures to harass political opponents and hence deter them from taking any initiative aimed at demanding the exercise of their fundamental human rights that are stipulated in the Rwandan Constitution.