Monthly Archives: May 2020

FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BRINGING TOGETHER RWANDAN POLITICAL OPPOSITION AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS WITH THE AIM OF BUILDING AN ALL INCLUSIVE, FREE, RECONCILED, DEMOCRATIC AND PROSPEROUS RWANDAN NATION

Press Release (PDF_EN)

From 23 to 24 May 2020, an international conference involving Rwandan political opposition and civil society organisationswas held by videoconference to discuss the acute problems facing Rwanda and to reflect on the best solutions.

After reviewing the problems of Rwandan society, their causes and possible solutions, the participants:

  1. Expressed their satisfaction that thirty-six Rwandan political opposition and civil society organizations were able to attend the conference.
  2. Expressed their regret that Rwandans continue to undergo the suffering of the most repressive dictatorship, which bluntly flouts human rights, where the separation of powers remains a dream, and applies discriminatory practices at several levels, making national reconciliation impossible and has closed the political space which stifles any form of democracy.
  3. Consider it imperative that the various Rwandan organizations and associations pool together their efforts to work for peaceful political change, in order to find lasting solutions to the serious problems facing Rwanda as a result of the absence of democracy and the lack of respect for human rights.
  4. Find it essential to break down the barriers of divisions between those who hold views opposed to the Rwandan regime and to build bridges that unite them and avoid further dispersal of efforts.
  5. Expressed their wish that the rest of the associations and organizations which were unable to attend the conference be invited to take part in subsequent activities and meetings.
  6. Decided that a “consultation Framework” be set up with the aim of analysing the many rich ideas put forward at the conference. To this end, the participants asked the team that prepared this meeting, to continue to coordinate the work of this ‘Consultation Framework’. The team agreed to play this role.
  7. Expressed their satisfaction that the elections in Burundi were held peacefully. This is an important step in the culture of transfer of power through a democratic and peaceful process.

 

Done on May 24, 2020

 

 

SIGNATORIES

 

  1. Observatoire des Droits de l’Homme au Rwanda (ODHR), Laurent Munyandilikirwa, Président;
  2. Fondation IBUKABOSE-RENGERABOSE, Mémoire et Justice pour tous, Emery Nshimiyimana, Secrétaire Général;
  3. Comité pour l’Unité, la Paix et la Réconciliation au Rwanda (CUPR): Noël Twagiramungu.
  4. Global Campaign for Rwandans’s Human Rights (GCRHR), René Mugenzi, Coordinateur;
  5. Centre de Lutte contre l’Impunité et l’Injustice au Rwanda (CLIIR), Joseph Matata, Coordinateur;
  6. Réseau International pour la Promotion et la Défense des Droits de l’Homme au Rwanda (RIPRODHOR), Théobald Rutihunza, Président;
  7. JAMBO asbl, Robert Mugabowindekwe, President;
  8. Coordinateur du Comité de Suivi de la Problématique des Réfugiés Rwandais (CSPR), Calixte Kanani, coordinateur;
  9. Initiative HUMURA, Aloys Simpunga, Président;
  10. Global Voice of Rwandan Refugees (GVRR), JMV Nyirimbirima, Chairperson ;
  11. Rwandan Platform for Dialogue, Truth, and Justice (RDTJ), Stany Rwandarugari, président ;
  12. Organization for Peace, Justice and Development in Rwanda and Great Lakes Region (OPJDR), Pascal Kalinganire, General Coordinator;
  13. Congrès rwandais du Canada (CRC), Pierre-Claver Nkinamubanzi, Président;
  14. Rwandiska föreningen för mänskliga rättigheter (RFMR), Nelson Gatsimbazi;
  15. Norway Sub Sahara Africa development organisation(NSADO), Rugema Kayumba, Président;
  16. Rwanda National Forum (RNF), Celestin Muhindura, President
  17. Association  rescapés du génocide des réfugiés rwandais au Congo (Ex-Zaïre-RDC) ARGR-INTABAZA, Faustin Ngarambe, Vice- président  ;
  18. Rwandan American Youth Association, John Muhire, Président;
  19. Initiative du Peuple pour l’Alliance Démocratique (IPAD), Gilbert Mwenedata, Président ;
  20. Institut Seth Sendashonga pour la Citoyenneté Démocratique ISCID asbl, Jean Claude Kabagema, Président
  21. Amahoriwacu, Peter Mutabaruka, Président.
  22. INGANZO GAKONDO, Fransua X Tulikunkiko, Président;
  23. Collectif des Victimes des crimes de masse commis dans la Région des Grands LacsAfricains, COVIGLA, Joseph Mushyandi, Administrateur;
  24. Rwandiske Forum i Oslo , FORUM RWANDAIS D’OSLO (RFO), Norvège, Edmond Habiyambere, Président;
  25. Liberté d’Expression Culture et Paix, LECP Info, Emmanuel Senga;
  26. Rwandan Alliance for the National Pact (RANP-Abaryankuna), Emmanuel Mugenzi, Coordinator in charge of political matters ;
  27. Pacte Démocratique du Peuple (PDP-IMANZI), Jean Damascène Munyampeta, Secrétaire Général;
  28. Convention Nationale Républicaine (CNR-Intwari), Général Emmanuel Habyarimana, Président;
  29. Mouvement Républicain pour la Paix et le Progrès, MRP, Bonaventure Uwanyirigira, Président;
  30. United Freedom Fighters (UFF-INDANGAMIRWA), JABO AKISHULI, Secrétaire Exécutif;
  31. RNC-Ihuriro, Jerôme Nayigiziki, Coordinateur;
  32. PSI-Imberakuri, Jean Baptiste Ryumugabe, Coordinateur;
  33. AMAHORO-PC, Etienne Masozera, Président;
  34. FDU-INKINGI, Justin Bahunga, Président;
  35. ISHEMA PARTY, Nadine Claire Kasinge, Présidente;
  36. Democratic Rwanda Party, DRP-ABASANGIZI, Anastase Gasana, President;

 

(Français) RWANDA: WORST FEARS ON THE FATE OF MRS INGABIRE UMUHOZA AS RULING PARTY EXTREMISTS CALL FOR HER HEAD TO ROLL.

PRESS RELEASE (PDF)

The Rwandan Investigation Bureau (RIB) has called the award-winning opposition leader Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza to its offices for questioning. The move followed calls made over the weekend on a local “TV channel 250”to get Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza arrested at least and killed at best. The callers disingenuously try to link Victoire Ingabire to the murder of Pastor Theoneste Bapfakurerakilled by a criminal gang estimated at 9 people armed with traditional weapons, at the shop of Theophile Ntirutwa, former FDU-Inkingi member and now member of DALFA party of Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.

 

Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza has been called names by ruling party officials including comparing her to “Ebola, having sucked genocidal ideology from her mum’s breasts”, being hooligan etc…

In one of his inflammatory speeches made by Presidential special adviser on security, General Kabarebe on November 13, 2019members of AERG’s (Association des Etudiants et Elèves Rescapés du Génocide) meeting, he said : “I hate it because I see one million people in one person with genocidal ideology. He/she is awfully bad. I think that even if you want to hit him/her you may need to use the most lethal weapon. We have to be sure that he/she is dead

 

It is an open secret that the pastor was killed for being in the wrong place, at the wrong time and for sharing the short name Theo (for Théoneste and Théophile) with Ntirutwa. Three survivors of the attack including Théophile Ntirutwa have been arrested and are in detention while the criminals are at large. Everyone is quite aware in the Rwanda police state that 9 criminals cannot carry out such an act unnoticed. The justification for the accusation is that Theophile Ntirutwa, now in detention, charged with the murder called Mrs Ingabire on the phone after the murder.

 

FDU-Inkingi have strong fears that the RIB might take the easiest option of sending her back to jail as she has been a thorn in the flesh of the system denouncing the mishandling of the corona virus pandemic. She has been in the news criticising wrong measures and giving advice on what needs to be done.

 

This is not the first time that Mrs Victoire Umuhoza is summoned to appear before RIB officials, but this time, following all calls recently made for her to be killed, we fear that that she might be thrown in general Paul Kagme’s dungeon for good. We appeal to all peace-loving people and friends of Rwanda to help save Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, a key voice of the people inside Rwanda and stop the rampant extremism and persistent political intolerance in Rwanda.

 

Done in Rouen May 18, 2020.

 

Théophile MPOZEMBIZI

Commissioner FDU-INKINGI in charge of Information and Communication

infocominfo@fdu-rwanda.com; info@fdu-rwanda.com

RWANDA: THE USE OF GENOCIDE AS A WEAPON FOR POLITICAL VIOLENCE

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During genocide commemoration, the Government of Rwanda is hiding behind Tutsi extremists to spread and reinforce the climate of hatred and terror.

It has become a habit in Rwanda that the stakes are raised as the commemoration of the 1994 genocide approaches. Newspapers, as well as some state and civil society groups use alarmist language to raise intense fear that genocide survivors are under threat, that the genocide ideology is still present, and that genocidaires are almost everywhere. Yet, in normal times, the Rwandan government keeps on claiming that unity and reconciliation of the people is done. How can this contradiction be explained?