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(Français) LETTRE OUVERTE A MONSIEUR LE SECRETAIRE GENERAL DE L’ONU

Bruxelles, le 25 mars 2021

 

Son Excellence Monsieur Antonio GUTTERES,

Secrétaire général des Nations Unies

UN Headquarters, First Avenue at 46th Street,

New-York, NY 10017, USA

 

Lettre ouverte à Monsieur le Secrétaire général de l’ONU (PDF)

Objet : Demande de mise en place d’une commission d’enquête internationale indépendante sur les crimes politiques au Rwanda

Excellence Monsieur le Secrétaire Général,

 

La situation d’injustice et d’impunité qui perdure au Rwanda représenteune menace directe et imminente contre la paix au Rwanda et dans toute la région des Grands Lacs en égard aux articles 39 à 42 du chapitre VII de la Charte des Nations Unies ;

 

Considérant la déclaration universelle des droits de l’Homme (3è alinéa de son préambule) qui stipule qu’il est essentiel que les droits de l’Homme soient protégés par un régime de droit pour que l’homme ne soit pas contraint, en suprême recours, à la révolte contre la tyrannie et l’oppression ;

 

Nous, la jeunesse des Forces Démocratiques Unifiées (FDU-Inkingi), parti politique d’opposition au régime du Front Patriotique Rwandais (FPR), demandons votre intervention auprès du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies pour une mise en place d’une commission d’enquête sur l’ensemble des violations des droits de l’Homme commises contre des opposants, des activistes des droits de l’Homme, des journalistes et des personnes qui expriment leurs désaccords avec le gouvernement.

 

De manière plus particulière, cette enquête porterait sur des crimes des assassinats et des disparitions forcées commis contre les membres des FDU-Inkingi et autres activistes indépendants, pour lesquels le régime du FPR se refuse de mener d’enquêtes. Elle aurait pour mission de :

 

1)   Identifier les auteurs des crimes et déterminer leur responsabilité ;

 

2)   Déterminer les complicités, les donneurs d’ordre, les circonstances exactes dans lesquelles les victimes ont été assassinées ou portées disparues ;

 

3)   Déterminer la responsabilité de l’Etat rwandais dans la décision, la planification et l’exécution de ces crimes

Excellence,

Il est important de souligner la réponse que les Rwandais et d’autres qui réclament justice reçoivent du Général Paul Kagame, président du Rwanda :

“Those who talk about disappearances… we will continue to arrest more suspects and if possible shoot in broad daylight those who intend to destabilise our country,”

“Ceux qui parlent des disparitions … nous continuerons à arrêter plus de suspects et si possible nous abattrons en plein jourtous ceux qui ont l’intention de destabilser notre pays”

Ces mots terribles que le Général Kagame a prononcé à Nyabihu au Nord-Ouest du Rwanda, datent du 5 juin 2014. Depuis cette date on a dénombré plusieurs dizaines de disparitions et  d’assassinats qui impliquent souvent des agents de l’Etat. Le recours à la terreur et à la  violence a toujours été le moyen privilégié du FPR dans sa gestion des critiques et des opposants.

Citons quelques cas illustratifs mais non exhaustifs :

Des assassinats politiques :

Kizito MIHIGO: Chanteur, rescapé du génocide, le 17 février 2020, la police nationale rwandaise a annoncé que Mihigo avait été retrouvé mort dans sa cellule au poste de police où il était détenu à Kigali. La police a tout de suite conclu que c’était un suicide.

Jean Damascène HABARUGIRA : Ilétait responsable des FDU-Inkingi dans la Province de l’Est du Rwanda. Il a été sauvagement assassiné le 5 mai 2017.

 

Syldio Dusabumuremyi: Coordinateur national des FDU-Inkingi, tué à coup de couteaux le 23 septembre 2019 vers 21 heures au Sud du Rwanda par deux hommes non identifiés.

 

Anselme Mutuyimana, Assistant de Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, alors présidente des FDU-Inkingi, retrouvé mort le 9 mars 2019 dans une forêt dans le nord-ouest du Rwanda, son corps présentant des signes d’étranglement. Alors qu’il avait été emmené par la police la veille.

 

André KAGWA RWISEREKA, Monsieur KAGWA RWISEREKA  était le vice-président du parti politique Green Party. Son corps presque décapité, a été retrouvé dans une vallée près de Butare le 14 juillet 2010.

 

Charles INGABIRE,journaliste d’INYENYERI NEWS, Monsieur INGABIRE Charles était également membre du parti politique de l’opposition RNC. Il a été assassiné à Kampala en Ouganda dans la nuit du 30 novembre au 1erdécembre 2011.

 

Des disparitions Forcées

 

Le poète Innocent Bahati, porté disparu le 7 février 2021, avait écrit des poèmes qui relate la misère et l’injustice dans lesquelles vivent les rwandais et avait critiqué timidement le rôle de l’Etat dans cette situation.

 

Venant Abayisenga, opposant qui fut membre des FDU-Inkingi et aujourd’hui membre du parti DALFA Umurinzi, est porté disparu depuis le juin 2020.

 

Boniface Twagirimana, qui était 1erVice-Président des FDU-Inkingi.  Le 7 octobre 2018 il est porté disparu de sa cellule de prison à Mpanga, dans la province du Sud du Rwanda.

 

Eugène Ndereyimanaa disparu depuis le 15 juillet 2019. Il était responsable des FDU Inkingi dans la Province de l’Est.

 

Illuminée Iragena, elle était présidente de l’association ABIRU et membre FDU-Inkingi, disparue le 26 mars 2016.

 

En plus de ces disparitions forcées et assassinats des opposants, activistes et journalistes, plusieurs prisonniers politiques croupissent dans les prisons rwandaises. Les cas de Paul Rusesabagina kidnappé à Doubaï, Déo Mushayidi kidnappé au Burundi, Yvone Idamange arrêtée à Kigali et plus d’une dizaine de leaders des FDU-Inkingi emprisonnés au Rwanda, sont largement documentés aussi bien par les organes de l’ONU que par des ONG telles que Amnesty International et Human Right Whatch.

 

Face à cette extrême terreur d’Etat que les Rwandais subissent de la part du régime du FPR, nous en venons à la même conclusion que le département d’Etat Américain dans son rapport de 2017 sur les droits de l’Homme : les Rwandais n’ont pas la possibilité de changer le pouvoir en place à travers la voie démocratique. Ainsi sans un engagement ferme de l’ONU et de la communauté internationale en générale, nous craignons que l’insurrection ne soit la seule voie possible pour les Rwandais vers leur libération.

 

Nous ne souhaitons pas cette voie violente et c’est la raison pour laquelle nous entamons cet ultime recours à l’ONU. Le constat est que seuls le FPR et la communauté internationale ont la possibilité d’offrir une autre voie, non-violente.

 

La mise en place d’une commission d’enquête internationale et indépendante, sur les crimes cités, permettrait d’offrir une telle voie de résolution : la voie d’une Justice indépendante, la Justice internationale.

 

En espérant une suite favorable à notre appel au secours, veuillez agréer, Monsieur le Secrétaire général, l’assurance de notre très haute considération.

 

Pour la jeunesse des FDU-Inkingi

Marie Josée Ufitamahoro

Tél : +32491111907

Bruxelles, Belgique

THE AUTHORITIES IN RWANDA MUST OPENLY ASSUME THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE AND STOP PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK THAT EXERCERBATES CONFLICT AND INJUSTICE.

PRESS RELEASE (PDF)

 

On 31 January 2021, Mrs. IDAMANGE IRYAMUGWIZA Yvonne, resident of capital Kigali, posted a video on YouTube in which she broadly exposes the grievances against the public authority in relation to the injustices suffered by the population. It details the state of distress that prevails following the lockdown and other measures taken in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. The FDU-INKINGI party, and the political opposition in exile in general, have constantly denounced the injustices committed against the population in various areas of daily life in Rwanda. Rwandans at home are languishing under the RPF dictatorship and are afraid. Few dare to speak out about the harm done to them.

 

Instead of responding to the grievances exposed by MS IDAMANGE, the authorities remain silent and react by discreetly orchestrating a smear campaign against her through online newspapers close to the government such as Igihe.com and Rushyashya.com, as well as on social networks (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc.).

 

At the same time, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), the state body fighting against genocide, published on 5/02/2021 a press release intended to intimidate her for exercising her freedom of expression, under the pretext that her criticism of government policies can be interpreted as propagating genocide ideology.

What is surprising is that the CNLG press release refers to articles 164, 194 and 204 of the Rwandan penal code, articles which have nothing to do with genocide or genocide ideology. Hence the following question: how is it that the CNLG seems to be replacing the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), the state body in charge of investigating criminal offences?

It should be noted that the CNLG is not even placed under the hierarchical authority of the RIB. Moreover, the same press release refers to the press law, an area that is not under the jurisdiction of the CNLG.

 

The explanation for this interference lies in the fact that the state authorities hide behind certain institutions including the CNLG, online newspapers and individuals (including RPF ruling party fanatics: called Intore) to harass, bully and nip in the bud any person claiming his/her rights or holding views divergent from official views. Genocide is used as a weapon to silence any government critic. The CNLG and Law No. 59/2018 of 22/8/2018 on genocide are regularly and abusively used whenever voices are raised to criticise the government or claim rights. The CNLG goes outside of its remit and abusively behaves as the guardian and interpreter of the Constitution, the Press Law and the Penal Code, in place of the bodies empowered to do so.

 

The Rwandan population is tired of injustices of all kinds that it has been enduring for a long time, and which, moreover, have just been raised at the United Nations in Geneva during the UPR37.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party calls on State authorities to stop hiding behind their surrogates and other blinders and openly take their responsibilities, to deliver services to all and above all to play fair. We note that the only visible authorities on the ground are the military and the police, who are busy, violently repressing the population.

 

The authorities who seem to be absent, including the President of the Republic, ministers, and members of parliament, must go out to the population to help and give them comfort, given the difficult conditions in which they are living in now. Their word on current problems is long overdue to clarify the situation.

 

The policy of hiding has lasted a very long time and has done too much damage and injustice. It must be abandoned and give way to a dialogue between State authorities and the population, which is only asking to be listened to and be heard.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party considers that the absence of a clear response from the official state authorities can only lead to mistrust and a crystallization of demands. Failing to play cards on the table, the Rwandan authorities will have chosen the cynical option of pitting citizens against each other. From then on, people’s demands will only increase, and the movement cannot be stopped by the weapons of the police and the army.

 

A political response coming out of listening and seeking consensus on adequate solutions have become critical in order to alleviate and relieve the suffering of the population.

 

Done in Rouen on  February  8, 2021

 

Theophile MPOZEMBIZI

FDU-INKINGI Commissioner for Information and Communication

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

 

FDU-Inkingi Statement on the 60th anniversary of Democracy in Rwanda

Fellow Rwandans,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends of Rwanda,

 

January 28this an important date in Rwanda’s recent history. January 28, 2021 marks the 60thanniversary of democracy in Rwanda. On this date of January 28, 1961, the elected representatives of the Rwandan people, namely mayors and municipal councilors (“Bourgmestres et conseillers communaux“) met in Gitarama and took the historic decision to replace the regime of absolute monarchy by a republican regime(Res Publica= public affairs = ibya Rubanda): government of the people, by the people and for the people.

 

Rwandans are commemorating the advent of the Republic of Rwanda on this day. In a republic, leaders who manage public affairs obey precise rules and are accountable to the people whose mandate they hold for the good management of public affairs, through free and transparent elections. It is this duty to be accountable that makes it possible to control, evaluate, correct, sanction, plan, etc…. the action of the state in the interest of the people.

 

Even if the road to real democracy has been tortuous, it is crystal clear that the situation prevailing today in Rwanda is far from reflecting these basic foundations of good management public affairs. Indeed, the ruling party, the RPF, has seized all the powers and broken all the rules of control, creating a return to a de facto absolute monarchy under a cosmetic face of a Republic. The leaders do as they please, without any real parliamentary control. The judiciary is held hostage by the executive branch of government and fails to deliver real justice. This lack of separation of executive, parliamentary, and judicial powers is the root cause of widespread and recurring injustices, resulting in a brutal and terrorist dictatorship that runs completely counter to basic republican principles and values.

 

Indeed,the basic rights of citizens are regularly violated, in particular:

-     The right to life: assassinations, forced disappearances, torture, police brutality and caning;

-     The right to property: spoliation of property, fiscal and administrative harassment, impoverishment of the masses, the everlasting famine “Nzaramba“, monopolization of wealth by a small group in power;

-     Terrorism across bordersand the violation of international norms: instead of protecting all its emigrant citizens as all other nations do, the RPF regime kidnaps political opponents and crosses the borders of neighbouring countries to hunt down, harass and massacre those who have fled it and who refrain from swearing loyalty to the RPF regime;

-     The right to expression and association: censorship and imprisonment of journalists, civil society activists and influential persons;

-     Political rights: closure of the political space, refusal to register new opposition political parties by creating various obstacles, including legal proceedings, etc. ;

-     The right to quality educationand personal development: deterioration of the quality of the education system, discrimination in access to advanced education ;

-     The right to memoryand justice is selective: only part of the mass crimes committed in recent years against various sections of the population have been punished and only part of the population is allowed to mourn their loved ones;

-     Inequalities and blatant discrimination based on ethnicity.

Ultimately, Rwanda has so far evolved into a political system that is theoretically republican, but where written laws are not translated into practice. The President of the Republic behaves like an absolute ruler who acts as he pleases, out of control. As a matter of fact, we are living under a de facto absolute monarchy operating under the guise of a Republic. The leitmotiv of “accountability, ” has become an empty slogan because it is not translated into reality.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party would like to remind the public that its objective is to establish a state governed by the rule of law where leaders are truly accountable to the People, according to clear democratic values, within the framework of the rights and duties established by the constitution. Respect for laws and rules is the only reliable way to manage public affairs in a republic worthy of the name, in the interest of all.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party calls on the international community, in particular friends of Rwanda, donors, and financial institutions, to put pressure on the Rwandan authorities and make their financial and political support conditional on the country’s governance based on democratic values and respect for human rights.

 

The FDU-INKINGI party remains committed to bring Rwandans together to build a republican state, where the balance of power guarantees everyone the enjoyment of the inalienable rights enshrined in the Constitution.

 

Long live the Rwandan People,

 

Long live the Republic,

 

Done in London, 28/01/2021

 

Justin BAHUNGA

Président des FDU-INKINGI

E-mail : president@fdu-rwanda.com

FDU-Déclaration-Démocratie-28Janvier2021.EN

RWANDA: RELATIVES OF CRITICS LIVING ABROAD TAKEN HOSTAGE.

The witch hunt for relatives of critics living abroad have started in earnest on the 13th December 2020, with visit by covert operatives, masquerading as reporters of Urugano TV, to relatives of one government critic PC Rwalinda, to intimidate them and to force him to stop his legitimate campaign against the reign of totalitarianism in Rwanda. It worth noting that during the last one month this channel has carried a smear campaign against other critics of government policies including Justin Bahunga, Marcel Sebatware, Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Faustin Twagiramungu. Other pro-government social media attacked Iddi Nshimiyimana, another critic based in Belgium, saying that he should not criticize since his family still lives in Rwanda. One Kayitare Jean stated in a tweet that Urugano TV, one of TV channels sponsored by the Rwandan Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) “visited the family and relatives of Rwalinda Pierre Claver, whom he described as “a person who spends all his time criticising the Rwandan leadership”. He quotes the sister of Rwalinda as having “called on his brother to come back home and serve his country”. We would like to recall that the command post of RPF armed group and its propaganda radio Muhabura were based in “Urugano” (Echuya Forest in Uganda) adjacent to the Rwandan border.  

Rwanda: RWANDAN POLICE BEAT UP WOMEN, ELDERLY AND DISABLED FOR CLAIMING RIGHTS

RESS STATEMENT 

RWANDAN POLICE BEAT UP WOMEN, ELDERLY AND DISABLED FOR CLAIMING RIGHTS 

On Friday 20, 2020, several newspapers including the Rwandan TV channel Umubavu and Voice of America reported brutality meted on women, elderly and disabled by Rwandan police for claiming their right to overdue compensation for their houses demolished to give land to rich developers connected to the regime. Those who were beaten and taken away in handcuffs were suspected of being ring leaders of former residents of Kangondo II, one of the suburbs of capital city Kigali, attempting to put pressure on the government to pay them overdue compensation. They included 5 men who included one disabled, two women including an elderly lady who was lying helpless on the ground and one who was taken away after severe beating. The interviewees told reporters that they feared that one lady who was beaten up and her hair pulled could die anytime 

(Français) Congratulations President Joe Biden

  PLATFORM    AMAHORO PC – FDU INKINGI – PS IMBERAKURI – RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC)   

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November 7,  2020

His Excellency Joe Biden

President-Elect of the United States of America

Washington, DC

 

 

Mr. President-Elect,

 

 

On behalf of the Rwandan political opposition platform composed of political organisations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐RNC,I would like to convey to you our congratulations on your election as next President of a great nation, the United States of America.

 

Please, accept our best wishes for every success in discharging the important duties that are attached to your Office.  We are confident that the trust placed in you by the citizens of the United States of America is well deserved and will inspire you to promote the unity of your country, leading it on the path of prosperity.

 

We hope that your coming into office will generate more interest and commitment to working with dynamic and democratic forces trying against all odds to end dictatorship and impunity that are the roots causes of conflicts and wars that have caused millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is quite shocking that the Rwandan regime, which receives a lot of aid from the US has become the epicentre of regional destabilisation.

 

We are counting on US leadership in ending the complacent attitude of the international community on appalling violations of human rights, including extraordinary renditions of critics from abroad, by the Rwandan regime.  As political analysts have commented “the complacent attitude has incrementally, step by step, contributed to a situation that may well be irreversible and that contains seeds for massive new violence in the medium or long run”.

 

Our opposition political platform is sincerely look forward to working with your government to end impunity and install democracy which alone can unlock the economic potential of this region, bring durable peace and stability to the Great Lakes region.

 

Please accept, Mr. President-Elect, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

 

Jerome Nayigiziki

Chair

Rwanda opposition political platform

Tel: 1-956 337 7665

Email: jnayigiz@yahoo.com

  PLATFORM    AMAHORO PC – FDU INKINGI – PS IMBERAKURI – RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC)   

(PDF)

November 7,  2020

His Excellency Joe Biden

President-Elect of the United States of America

Washington, DC

 

 

Mr. President-Elect,

 

 

On behalf of the Rwandan political opposition platform composed of political organisations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐RNC,I would like to convey to you our congratulations on your election as next President of a great nation, the United States of America.

 

Please, accept our best wishes for every success in discharging the important duties that are attached to your Office.  We are confident that the trust placed in you by the citizens of the United States of America is well deserved and will inspire you to promote the unity of your country, leading it on the path of prosperity.

 

We hope that your coming into office will generate more interest and commitment to working with dynamic and democratic forces trying against all odds to end dictatorship and impunity that are the roots causes of conflicts and wars that have caused millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is quite shocking that the Rwandan regime, which receives a lot of aid from the US has become the epicentre of regional destabilisation.

 

We are counting on US leadership in ending the complacent attitude of the international community on appalling violations of human rights, including extraordinary renditions of critics from abroad, by the Rwandan regime.  As political analysts have commented “the complacent attitude has incrementally, step by step, contributed to a situation that may well be irreversible and that contains seeds for massive new violence in the medium or long run”.

 

Our opposition political platform is sincerely look forward to working with your government to end impunity and install democracy which alone can unlock the economic potential of this region, bring durable peace and stability to the Great Lakes region.

 

Please accept, Mr. President-Elect, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Jerome Nayigiziki

Chair

Rwanda opposition political platform

Tel: 1-956 337 7665

Email: jnayigiz@yahoo.com

  PLATFORM    AMAHORO PC – FDU INKINGI – PS IMBERAKURI – RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC)   

(PDF)

November 7,  2020

His Excellency Joe Biden

President-Elect of the United States of America

Washington, DC

 

 

Mr. President-Elect,

 

 

On behalf of the Rwandan political opposition platform composed of political organisations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐RNC,I would like to convey to you our congratulations on your election as next President of a great nation, the United States of America.

 

Please, accept our best wishes for every success in discharging the important duties that are attached to your Office.  We are confident that the trust placed in you by the citizens of the United States of America is well deserved and will inspire you to promote the unity of your country, leading it on the path of prosperity.

 

We hope that your coming into office will generate more interest and commitment to working with dynamic and democratic forces trying against all odds to end dictatorship and impunity that are the roots causes of conflicts and wars that have caused millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is quite shocking that the Rwandan regime, which receives a lot of aid from the US has become the epicentre of regional destabilisation.

 

We are counting on US leadership in ending the complacent attitude of the international community on appalling violations of human rights, including extraordinary renditions of critics from abroad, by the Rwandan regime.  As political analysts have commented “the complacent attitude has incrementally, step by step, contributed to a situation that may well be irreversible and that contains seeds for massive new violence in the medium or long run”.

 

Our opposition political platform is sincerely look forward to working with your government to end impunity and install democracy which alone can unlock the economic potential of this region, bring durable peace and stability to the Great Lakes region.

Please accept, Mr. President-Elect, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Jerome Nayigiziki

Chair

Rwanda opposition political platform

Tel: 1-956 337 7665

Email: jnayigiz@yahoo.com

  PLATFORM    AMAHORO PC – FDU INKINGI – PS IMBERAKURI – RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC)   

(PDF)

November 7,  2020

His Excellency Joe Biden

President-Elect of the United States of America

Washington, DC

 

 

Mr. President-Elect,

 

 

On behalf of the Rwandan political opposition platform composed of political organisations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐RNC,I would like to convey to you our congratulations on your election as next President of a great nation, the United States of America.

Please, accept our best wishes for every success in discharging the important duties that are attached to your Office.  We are confident that the trust placed in you by the citizens of the United States of America is well deserved and will inspire you to promote the unity of your country, leading it on the path of prosperity.

 

We hope that your coming into office will generate more interest and commitment to working with dynamic and democratic forces trying against all odds to end dictatorship and impunity that are the roots causes of conflicts and wars that have caused millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is quite shocking that the Rwandan regime, which receives a lot of aid from the US has become the epicentre of regional destabilisation.

We are counting on US leadership in ending the complacent attitude of the international community on appalling violations of human rights, including extraordinary renditions of critics from abroad, by the Rwandan regime.  As political analysts have commented “the complacent attitude has incrementally, step by step, contributed to a situation that may well be irreversible and that contains seeds for massive new violence in the medium or long run”.

 

Our opposition political platform is sincerely look forward to working with your government to end impunity and install democracy which alone can unlock the economic potential of this region, bring durable peace and stability to the Great Lakes region.

Please accept, Mr. President-Elect, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Jerome Nayigiziki

 

Chair

Rwanda opposition political platform

Tel: 1-956 337 7665

Email: jnayigiz@yahoo.com

PLATFORM    AMAHORO PC – FDU INKINGI – PS IMBERAKURI – RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC)

(PDF)

November 7,  2020

His Excellency Joe Biden

President-Elect of the United States of America

Washington, DC

 

 

Mr. President-Elect,

 

 

On behalf of the Rwandan political opposition platform composed of political organisations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐RNC,I would like to convey to you our congratulations on your election as next President of a great nation, the United States of America.

Please, accept our best wishes for every success in discharging the important duties that are attached to your Office.  We are confident that the trust placed in you by the citizens of the United States of America is well deserved and will inspire you to promote the unity of your country, leading it on the path of prosperity.

 

We hope that your coming into office will generate more interest and commitment to working with dynamic and democratic forces trying against all odds to end dictatorship and impunity that are the roots causes of conflicts and wars that have caused millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is quite shocking that the Rwandan regime, which receives a lot of aid from the US has become the epicentre of regional destabilisation.

We are counting on US leadership in ending the complacent attitude of the international community on appalling violations of human rights, including extraordinary renditions of critics from abroad, by the Rwandan regime.  As political analysts have commented “the complacent attitude has incrementally, step by step, contributed to a situation that may well be irreversible and that contains seeds for massive new violence in the medium or long run”.

 

Our opposition political platform is sincerely look forward to working with your government to end impunity and install democracy which alone can unlock the economic potential of this region, bring durable peace and stability to the Great Lakes region.

Please accept, Mr. President-Elect, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Jerome Nayigiziki

 

Chair

Rwanda opposition political platform

Tel: 1-956 337 7665

Email: jnayigiz@yahoo.com

November 7,  2020

His Excellency Joe Biden

President-Elect of the United States of America

Washington, DC

 

 

Mr. President-Elect,

 

 

On behalf of the Rwandan political opposition platform composed of political organisations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐RNC,I would like to convey to you our congratulations on your election as next President of a great nation, the United States of America.

Please, accept our best wishes for every success in discharging the important duties that are attached to your Office.  We are confident that the trust placed in you by the citizens of the United States of America is well deserved and will inspire you to promote the unity of your country, leading it on the path of prosperity.

 

We hope that your coming into office will generate more interest and commitment to working with dynamic and democratic forces trying against all odds to end dictatorship and impunity that are the roots causes of conflicts and wars that have caused millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is quite shocking that the Rwandan regime, which receives a lot of aid from the US has become the epicentre of regional destabilisation.

We are counting on US leadership in ending the complacent attitude of the international community on appalling violations of human rights, including extraordinary renditions of critics from abroad, by the Rwandan regime.  As political analysts have commented “the complacent attitude has incrementally, step by step, contributed to a situation that may well be irreversible and that contains seeds for massive new violence in the medium or long run”.

 

Our opposition political platform is sincerely look forward to working with your government to end impunity and install democracy which alone can unlock the economic potential of this region, bring durable peace and stability to the Great Lakes region.

Please accept, Mr. President-Elect, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Jerome Nayigiziki

 

Chair

Rwanda opposition political platform

Tel: 1-956 337 7665

Email: jnayigiz@yahoo.com

November 7,  2020

His Excellency Joe Biden

President-Elect of the United States of America

Washington, DC

 

 

Mr. President-Elect,

 

 

On behalf of the Rwandan political opposition platform composed of political organisations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐RNC,I would like to convey to you our congratulations on your election as next President of a great nation, the United States of America.

Please, accept our best wishes for every success in discharging the important duties that are attached to your Office.  We are confident that the trust placed in you by the citizens of the United States of America is well deserved and will inspire you to promote the unity of your country, leading it on the path of prosperity.

 

We hope that your coming into office will generate more interest and commitment to working with dynamic and democratic forces trying against all odds to end dictatorship and impunity that are the roots causes of conflicts and wars that have caused millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is quite shocking that the Rwandan regime, which receives a lot of aid from the US has become the epicentre of regional destabilisation.

We are counting on US leadership in ending the complacent attitude of the international community on appalling violations of human rights, including extraordinary renditions of critics from abroad, by the Rwandan regime.  As political analysts have commented “the complacent attitude has incrementally, step by step, contributed to a situation that may well be irreversible and that contains seeds for massive new violence in the medium or long run”.

 

Our opposition political platform is sincerely look forward to working with your government to end impunity and install democracy which alone can unlock the economic potential of this region, bring durable peace and stability to the Great Lakes region.

Please accept, Mr. President-Elect, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Jerome Nayigiziki

 

Chair

Rwanda opposition political platform

Tel: 1-956 337 7665

Email: jnayigiz@yahoo.com

PLATFORM    AMAHORO PC – FDU INKINGI – PS IMBERAKURI – RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC)

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November 7,  2020

His Excellency Joe Biden

President-Elect of the United States of America

Washington, DC

 

 

Mr. President-Elect,

 

 

On behalf of the Rwandan political opposition platform composed of political organisations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐RNC, I would like to convey to you our congratulations on your election as next President of a great nation, the United States of America.

 

Please, accept our best wishes for every success in discharging the important duties that are attached to your Office.  We are confident that the trust placed in you by the citizens of the United States of America is well deserved and will inspire you to promote the unity of your country, leading it on the path of prosperity.

 

We hope that your coming into office will generate more interest and commitment to working with dynamic and democratic forces trying against all odds to end dictatorship and impunity that are the roots causes of conflicts and wars that have caused millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is quite shocking that the Rwandan regime, which receives a lot of aid from the US has become the epicentre of regional destabilisation.

 

We are counting on US leadership in ending the complacent attitude of the international community on appalling violations of human rights, including extraordinary renditions of critics from abroad, by the Rwandan regime.  As political analysts have commented “the complacent attitude has incrementally, step by step, contributed to a situation that may well be irreversible and that contains seeds for massive new violence in the medium or long run”.

 

Our opposition political platform is sincerely look forward to working with your government to end impunity and install democracy which alone can unlock the economic potential of this region, bring durable peace and stability to the Great Lakes region.

Please accept, Mr. President-Elect, the assurances of my highest consideration.

 

Jerome Nayigiziki

Chair

Rwanda opposition political platform

Tel: 1-956 337 7665

Email: jnayigiz@yahoo.com

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)

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

FPR-USE-GENOCIDE.WEAPON-POLITICAL-VIOLENCE

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?

THE FDU-INKINGI PARTY HAS SADLY LEARNED THE DEATH OF THE RWANDAN SINGER KIZITO MIHIGO

It is with sadness that on Monday, February 17, 2020 the FDU-INKINGI party learned of the death of the Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo. In its Twitter statement, the police claim that it was a suicide that occurred in the Police cell of Remera where Mr. Mihigo had been held for 3 days.

The FDU-INKINGI party has very serious doubts about the police version of the incident and believes that it is rather an assassination disguised as suicide. Indeed, Mr MIHIGO was well at the time of his arrest, deeply religious and, according to family members who visited him 3 days before, there was no indication that he would be suicidal. His arrest itself, as reported in the media by the RIB services, leaves questions unanswered and the description of the incident to be a well-crafted attempt to cover up its crime.

Rwanda: POOR NEIGHBOURHOODS IN RWANDAN CAPITAL KIGALI RAISED TO THE GROUND AS PART OF A CLEANING UP EXERCISE FOR COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT.

The Rwandan capital Kigali authorities, keen to show case the Rwandan capital as the cleanest, safest in Africa: no street vendors, no beggars, no shabbily dressed people walking the streets to disturb the peace and irritate the sight of distinguished guests from the Commonwealth, are demolishing houses in poor neighbourhoods to get rid of the hideout of the excluded from the Rwandan economic miracle. The initial deadline to vacate the area was set at 15 days but later reduced to 2 or 3 days due to the short time to the summit in June 2020. The summit matters most to the ruling party and President Kagame. It is all about image; case showing the “Singapore of Africa”. The authorities allege that these areas are unsafe due to alleged potential flooding or landslides. The zeal and timing bely the official claims because some have lived in these areas for decades without a problem.  They have land titles. They were allowed to do renovation just before elections on constitutional change in 2015.

RWANDA: EXTRAORDINARY FDU-INKINGI CONGRESS HELD IN BRUSSELS DECEMBER 2019

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EXTRAORDINARY FDU-INKINGI CONGRESS HELD IN BRUSSELS DECEMBER 2019

 

The FDU-Inkingi held an extraordinary Congress in Brussels on 14 December 2019.

This Congress was opened by the Acting President Mr Justin Bahunga. In his speech, the Acting President explained the circumstances that led to the holding of this extraordinary congress, including the resignation of President Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and the creation of her new party. He thanked once again the former president for the sacrifices made in an attempt to press for the opening of the political space in Rwanda.

RWANDA: APPEAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO END THE SLAUGHTER OF RWANDAN REFUGEES IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.

PRESS RELEASE

 

The FDU-Inkingi condemns in the strongest terms possible the complacent attitude of the international community in the face of the slaughter of the Rwandan refugees in South Kivu by Rwandan security Forces aided by the Congolese Armed Forces. We believe that the hunt against alleged negative forces is a pretext by the Rwandan repressive regime to serve a bigger design to force Rwandan refugees back to Rwanda  or kill those who resist and to loot DRC mineral resources. The leadership of the alleged negative forces have been abducted, killed or returned to Rwanda. The alleged negative forces have therefore become a useful enemy. For example, one of the charges against Colonel Byabagamba former commander of Kagame protection unit is that he said that FDLR does not pause real threat to the security of Rwanda.

 

Since1996 the fight against alleged negative forces is part of an overall strategy of the Rwandan regime to force Hutu refugees to come back to Rwanda, to kill or destabilise those who resist forced return. President Kagame is on record boasting publicly “we repatriated those who had to be repatriated and shot those who had to shot” yes, we shot them he emphasized. The UN mapping report made an estimate of 200,000 Hutu refugees slaughtered by the Rwandan army (http://www.mapping-report.org/en/first-congo-war-attacks-against-hutu-refugees). In his speech in Murambi on April 7, 2007 President Kagame told the public that what saddened him was about ”those millions who have crossed the border after killing”  and “we did not have time to make sure some do not make it to their destination”. For the Rwandan regime, those who did not come back are all genocidaires or children of genocidaires who have not right to live.

Rwanda : UDF (FDU) INKINGI TAKES NOTE OF THE DECISION BY HER FORMER CHAIRPERSON, TO RESIGN AND LAUNCH A NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN RWANDA

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

LE PARTI FDU-INKINGI PREND ACTE DE LA DECISION DE SA PRESIDENTE DE CREER UN NOUVEAU PARTI AU RWANDA SUITE A L’IMPOSSIBILITE DE POUVOIR COORDONNER SES ACTIVITES.

Suite à la déclaration de Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza ce 8 Novembre 2019, faisant référence aux conditions la mettant dans l’impossibilité de ne plus pouvoir coordonner les activités des FDU-Inkingi à l’extérieur et à l’intérieur du Rwanda conformément au règlement d’ordre intérieur du Parti, les FDU-Inkingi prennent acte de sa décision et convoqueront un congrès extraordinaire dans les délais règlementaires pour prendre des mesures appropriées à cette situation.

Les FDU – Inkingi remercient Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza et sa famille pour les sacrifices endurés pour aller implanter les FDU-Inkingi et lui souhaitent plein succès avec son nouveau parti.

En attendant les décisions du Congrès, le Comité directeur charge Monsieur Justin Bahunga, deuxième vice-président, d’assurer la présidence ad intérim des FDU-Inkingi. Il sera secondé par le troisième vice-président, Monsieur Placide Kayumba.

Fait à Londres, le 9 Novembre 2019.

Pour les FDU-Inkingi,

Président ad intérim

Justin Bahunga

Contacts: infovp2@fdu-rwanda.com

PRESS RELEASE

UDF (FDU) INKINGI TAKES NOTE OF THE DECISION BY HER FORMER CHAIRPERSON, TO RESIGN AND LAUNCH A NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN RWANDA, OWING TO THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF RECONCILING HER DUTIES AND THE PREVAILING LAWS OF THE COUNTRY

Following the statement of Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza this November 8, 2019, referring to problems faced in coordinating the party activities outside the country, without enjoying her freedom of movements, and owing to the need to comply with the laws of the land, the FDU-Inkingi take note of its decision and will convene an extraordinary congress within the deadlines set out by the party rules, in order to take appropriate measures for filling the gap.

The FDU – Inkingi thanks Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and her family for the sacrifices they have endured in order to launch the party inside the county and wish her every success with her new party.

In the meantime, the Steering Committee of the party has mandated Mr. Justin Bahunga, current Second Vice-President, to act as Interim Chair of the FDU-Inkingi. He will be seconded by the third vice-president, Mr. Placide Kayumba.

Done in London on November 9, 2019.

Justin Bahunga

Interim Chair of the FDU-Inkingi

Contacts: infovp2@fdu-rwanda.com


COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

LE PARTI FDU-INKINGI PREND ACTE DE LA DECISION DE SA PRESIDENTE DE CREER UN NOUVEAU PARTI AU RWANDA SUITE A L’IMPOSSIBILITE DE POUVOIR COORDONNER SES ACTIVITES.

Suite à la déclaration de Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza ce 8 Novembre 2019, faisant référence aux conditions la mettant dans l’impossibilité de ne plus pouvoir coordonner les activités des FDU-Inkingi à l’extérieur et à l’intérieur du Rwanda conformément au règlement d’ordre intérieur du Parti, les FDU-Inkingi prennent acte de sa décision et convoqueront un congrès extraordinaire dans les délais règlementaires pour prendre des mesures appropriées à cette situation.

Les FDU – Inkingi remercient Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza et sa famille pour les sacrifices endurés pour aller implanter les FDU-Inkingi et lui souhaitent plein succès avec son nouveau parti.

En attendant les décisions du Congrès, le Comité directeur charge Monsieur Justin Bahunga, deuxième vice-président, d’assurer la présidence ad intérim des FDU-Inkingi. Il sera secondé par le troisième vice-président, Monsieur Placide Kayumba.

Fait à Londres, le 9 Novembre 2019.

Pour les FDU-Inkingi,

Président ad intérim

Justin Bahunga

Contacts: infovp2@fdu-rwanda.com

RWANDA: A REGIME ON THE BRINK: HEADS OF FOREIGN MISSIONS CALLED TO HELP IN THE REPRESSION OF CRITICS ACROSS BORDERS.

During the meeting that the Rwandan Minister for foreign affairs Dr Richard Sezibera, on Tuesday April 30,2019, called on the Ambassadors and High Commissioners to help track down and handover to the repressive regime leaders of political organisations that form the Rwandan political opposition P5 allegedly for leading terrorist groups. He threatened that if their countries don’t do as requested, Rwanda will take the law in its own hands. The methods are known: assassination, i.e. Nairobi – South Africa – UK (3 assassinations attempts foiled by the Police), poisoning and kidnapping i.e. Uganda etc…, actions of a rogue state.

RWANDA : NEW YEAR MESSAGE OF Ms Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

NEW YEAR MESSAGE OF Ms Victoire Ingabire

Rwanda:President Kagame should ensure the respect of the ruling of the ACHPR on the case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza to leave a positive legacy as chair of the African Union.

PRESS RELEASE

President Kagame should ensure the respect of the ruling of the ACHPR on the case of  Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza to leave a positive legacy as chair of the African Union.

When President Kagame took over the chairmanship of the African Union in January 2018, he was hailed as a great achiever, reformist and great pan Africanist,  who would take Africa to another level.  However, the failure of the Rwandan government to implement the ruling of the African Court on human and peoples’ rights in the case of Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza versus the Rwandan government during the term of office as chair of the African Union could knock down most of his credentials and expose him as no different from any other ruthless dictator.

The court ruling of December 7, 2018, African Court on human and peoples’ rights has ordered the Rwandan government to pay material and moral damages to Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and her family. The ruling followed a request submitted by the lawyers of Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza to the court after the Rwandan government refused to respond to the ruling of the court on November 24, 2017. The Rwandan government has been given six (6) months to implement the ruling on reparations after which an interest will be applied on the sum fixed by the court.