Monthly Archives: October 2017

RWANDA : THE SENTENCE OF THE FDU-INKINGI LEADERS IN THEIR TRIAL IN APPEAL FOR PROVISIONAL RELEASE WAS DELIVERED IN THE ABSENCE OF DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIONS, THE MEDIA, AND HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS.

PRESS RELEASE

 

Away from diplomatic representations, the media and human rights observers, in an empty room, on October 24, 2017, the judge of the Court of Appeal in Kigali, Rwanda, decided to keep in custody 7 members of FDU-Inkingi. They includes the First Vice-President, Boniface Twagirimana, and his colleagues: Fabien Twagirayezu, Gasengayire Léonille, Gratien Nsabiyaremye, Evode Mbarushimana, Norbert Ufitamahoro, Theophile Ntirutwa , and Papias Ndayishimiye who confessed that under torture the police extracted confession from him. They are all accused of belonging to a fictitious armed group called P5. The second prosecution witness, Ernest Nkiko, who was expressly recruited by the Directory of Military Intelligence (DMI) was released.

P5 PLATEFORM CALLS TO END GENERAL PAUL KAGAME IMPUNITY: RWANDAN REGIME BLOCKS UN SCRUTINY OVER ITS PRACTICE OF TORTURE.

PRESS RELEASE 011/2017

 

P5-Plateform would like to call on the UN to condemn publicly practice torture in Rwanda and to come out to put pressure on the Rwanda government to respect international conventions that it has ratified. The complacency of the international community has encouraged repression in Rwanda to an irreversible level and has sowed seeds of future instability in Rwanda and in the Great Lakes Region.

News reports have confirmed that “the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture” (SPT) has suspended a visit to Rwanda due to a series of obstructions imposed by authorities, such as accessing some places of detention, confidentiality of certain interviews and over concerns that some interviewees could face reprisals. The delegation suspended the visit on day five of their planned seven-day mission which was supposed to stay in Rwanda from the 15 – 21 October 2017.

Apart from visiting places of detention and giving interviews to inmates, the delegation of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) aimed to advise the Rwandan authorities on the establishment of a national detention monitoring body officially known as the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM) to monitor Rwanda’s compliance to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) which Rwanda ratified in June 2015.

RWANDA: PROSECUTION WITNESS IN THE CASE AGAINST FDU-INKINGI LEADERSHIP HAS CONFESSED THAT HIS EVIDENCE WAS EXTRACTED UNDER TORTURE

PRESS RELEASE

It has now become a tradition for the ruling party RPF to get government critics arrested and detained arbitrarily and then paraded before the Rwandan courts, which are completely subservient to the RPF dictatorship, to be accused of forming armed groups to overthrow its dictatorship.

On 17/10/2017, the leaders of the FDU-Inkingi arrested on the 6th September 2017, and whose case is still in progress, have not escaped this rule. Stratagem is exactly the same; as was for the case with Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, President of the FDU-Inkingi, the RPF finds informers who are arrested at the same time with the suspects, only to be used later as prosecution witnesses. The one who excels in playing his/her part in the police drama is well rewarded. Before it was the “Major” Vital Uwumuremyi alias Kalimba Gaspard , currently it is Janvier Twagirayezu who was quickly released after giving evidence against the accused. Papias Ndayishimye, who acted as “Colonel” Tharcisse Nditurende in the case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, has just confessed that the police extracted confession to him under torture.

Rwanda: Appeal for an end to relentless persecution of FDU-Inkingi members: case of Anselme Mutuyimana.


PRESS RELEASE

 

The FDU-Inkingi political party opposed to the repressive regime of President Paul Kagame would like to appeal to all peace-loving people and governments as well as human rights organisations to put pressure on the Rwandan government to end the persecution and torture of its members. We would like to draw the attention of the public on the continued psychological and physical torture of Anselme Mutuyimana held in Nyanza prison.

We have raised the pathetic situation of Mr Anselme in our earlier press releases but the situation has deteriorated after the FDU-Inkingi leadership was arrested and detained on trumped charges. He is regularly beaten and put in solitary confinement in a very squeezed prison cell.