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BY MAKING A CENSUS OF RWANDAN REFUGEES WHO DENOUNCE THE KIGALI DICTATORSHIP IN ORDER TO DEMONISE AND NEUTRALISE THEM THE RPF-LED GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS ITS TERRORIST NATURE.

BY MAKING A CENSUS OF RWANDAN REFUGEES WHO DENOUNCE THE KIGALI DICTATORSHIP IN ORDER TO DEMONISE AND NEUTRALISE THEM THE RPF-LED GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS ITS TERRORIST NATURE.

 

The RPF regime in Rwanda is a dictatorship that will stop at nothing. It is making life hard for its people: in addition to assassinations and forced disappearances, Rwandans live daily through spoliations, beatings, humiliations, and injustices of all kinds. This situation has produced hundreds of thousands of refugees since the RPF took power in Rwanda in 1994. Rwanda is like an open-air prison. Rwandans regularly leave the country to live in exile abroad, both in Africa and on the rest of the five continents. Some have formed associations and political groups to legitimately defend their right to return home and demand the necessary political open space. The RPF regime remains closed and refuses to open the political space. Some speeches by its senior leaders are unequivocal on this subject and indicate instead that the choice is made to use all possible methods, both legal and extra-legal, to neutralise any dissenting voices. For example, death squads are regularly sent abroad by the Rwandan regime to kill or abduct refugees. Cases of assassination and kidnapping are increasing.

 

It is in this same logic that the RPF-led government has just distributed forms to the local authorities to register people who have left Rwanda as well as their families of origin. What is behind such a census?

 

 

From the outset, exiles are singled out and stigmatised by the regime, which claims that they join armed groups fighting against the government or that they will join the ranks of the political opposition abroad. While almost all exiles leave the country to save their own skin, some leave after having seen their family members or relatives and neighbours murdered, others after having suffered humiliation, spoliation, and threats. They are forced to face exile where they are not necessarily better off than at home in Rwanda. Knowing the brutal nature of the Rwandan regime, one must wonder about the purpose of making these lists. One thing is certain: it is not to repatriate them and resettle them in dignity in their country, because the unity of the Rwandan people is the least of the authorities’ concerns.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party recalls that in the recent history of Rwanda, the country has gone through periods of violence where lists of people to be eliminated have been used. As the current regime in Rwanda has always been characterised by its propensity to terrorise its own citizens at home and abroad, such a census raises fears that RPF death squads seek to identify, locate and prosecute people who have gone into exile to escape the regime’s ordeals, especially when they are rightly or wrongly labelled as political opponents.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party denounces and condemns these Nazi-style methods, which consist of hunting down, list in hand, people who have been driven into exile in search of peace, respect for human rights and better living conditions.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party calls on the government to abandon this census, which is intended to intimidate family members remaining in the country, harass them, rob them of their property, eliminate them or push them into exile as well, thus creating more refugees. It calls on the government to stop its policy of terror. Instead, it must tackle the refugee issue and create the political and socio-economic conditions that will encourage refugees to return to their homeland.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party calls on the international community to put pressure on the RPF regime to come to its senses, stop violating the rights of its citizens and implement a policy of protection for all Rwandans without distinction.

 

Done in Rouen, 12 October 2020

 

Théophile MPOZEMBIZI

Commissioner for Information and communication

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

 

Annexes

The RPF regime in Rwanda is a dictatorship that will stop at nothing. It is making life hard for its people: in addition to assassinations and forced disappearances, Rwandans live daily through spoliations, beatings, humiliations, and injustices of all kinds. This situation has produced hundreds of thousands of refugees since the RPF took power in Rwanda in 1994. (PDF)