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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

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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.

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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

(Français) RWANDA: AID DONORS SHOULD ENSURE MONEY TO MITIGATE HEALTH AND ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID_19 IS NOT BANKROLLING RWANDAN MILITARY EXPEDITIONS IN THE DRC.

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On Easter Sunday 12, April 2020, when Christians all over the world were celebrating Easter on their home screens due to COVID_19 pandemic lockdown, the Rwandan special forces were preparing military operations against Rwandan refugees in DRC, irrespective of measures to combat the spread of COVID_19, misery and exposure of population displaced by the fighting and sadly the diversion of financial resources from supporting health services and desperate households.

RWANDA: JOURNALISTS BECOME LATEST COLLATERAL VICTIMS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC

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A free press is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen”. Winston Churchill.

Six journalists, including Theo Nsengimana of Umubavu TV, Ivan Mugisha of the East African, John Gahamanyi of the New Times, Saul Butera of Bloomberg, Valentin Muhirwa and David Byiringiro of AFRIMAX TV were arrested on Thursday 8 April 2020. On this April 15, 2020 another one, Niyonsenga Dieudonné alias Cyuma and his driver Komezusenge Fidèle were also arrested.

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A free press is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen”. Winston Churchill.

Six journalists, including Theo Nsengimana of Umubavu TV, Ivan Mugisha of the East African, John Gahamanyi of the New Times, Saul Butera of Bloomberg, Valentin Muhirwa and David Byiringiro of AFRIMAX TV were arrested on Thursday 8 April 2020. On this April 15, 2020 another one, Niyonsenga Dieudonné alias Cyuma and his driver Komezusenge Fidèle were also arrested.

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A free press is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen”. Winston Churchill.

Six journalists, including Theo Nsengimana of Umubavu TV, Ivan Mugisha of the East African, John Gahamanyi of the New Times, Saul Butera of Bloomberg, Valentin Muhirwa and David Byiringiro of AFRIMAX TV were arrested on Thursday 8 April 2020. On this April 15, 2020 another one, Niyonsenga Dieudonné alias Cyuma and his driver Komezusenge Fidèle were also arrested.

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A free press is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen”. Winston Churchill. Six journalists, including Theo Nsengimana of Umubavu TV, Ivan Mugisha of the East African, John Gahamanyi of the New Times, Saul Butera of Bloomberg, Valentin Muhirwa and David Byiringiro of AFRIMAX TV were arrested on Thursday 8 April 2020. On this April 15, 2020 another one, Niyonsenga Dieudonné alias Cyuma and his driver Komezusenge Fidèle were also arrested.

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A free press is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen”. Winston Churchill

Six journalists, including Theo Nsengimana of Umubavu TV, Ivan Mugisha of the East African, John Gahamanyi of the New Times, Saul Butera of Bloomberg, Valentin Muhirwa and David Byiringiro of AFRIMAX TV were arrested on Thursday 8 April 2020. On this April 15, 2020 another one, Niyonsenga Dieudonné alias Cyuma and his driver Komezusenge Fidèle were also arrested.

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A free press is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen”. Winston Churchill

Six journalists, including Theo Nsengimana of Umubavu TV, Ivan Mugisha of the East African, John Gahamanyi of the New Times, Saul Butera of Bloomberg, Valentin Muhirwa and David Byiringiro of AFRIMAX TV were arrested on Thursday 8 April 2020. On this April 15, 2020 another one, Niyonsenga Dieudonné alias Cyuma and his driver Komezusenge Fidèle were also arrested.

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A free press is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen”. Winston Churchill

Six journalists, including Theo Nsengimana of Umubavu TV, Ivan Mugisha of the East African, John Gahamanyi of the New Times, Saul Butera of Bloomberg, Valentin Muhirwa and David Byiringiro of AFRIMAX TV were arrested on Thursday 8 April 2020. On this April 15, 2020 another one, Niyonsenga Dieudonné alias Cyuma and his driver Komezusenge Fidèle were also arrested.

(Français) Open letter to the President of the Republic of Rwanda on proposals for measures to better manage the Covid-19 crisis in Rwanda

Mr. President, (PDF)

 

We, the undersigned Rwandans living abroad, feel deeply sorry and stand in solidarity with our compatriots at home for the suffering and difficulties of all kinds that they are enduring during this harsh health crisis caused by coronavirus (COVID_19) pandemic. Many Rwandans, especially those living in rural areas, are living in economic precariousness as a result of the far-reaching change in the agricultural policy which has ruined their food security. The resulting rural exodus has created a high risein urban population living from hand to mouth because of an unsustainable economic boom that has failed to create viable jobs.

RWANDA: PRESIDENT KAGAME TOP SECURITY ADVISER UNVEILS A BLOOD CHILLING STRATAGEM OF DRUMMING UP AN ALLEGED PERMANENT HUTU THREAT TO MAINTAIN A GRIP ON POWER.

General James Kabarebe, President Kagame Senior advisor on security matters, told members of the association of Tutsi students survivors of genocide, AERG (Association des Etudiants Et Éleves Rescapés Du Genocide) created on 20/10/1996, that there are more genocides being planned by Hutu outside and inside the country

RWANDA: PUBLIC APPEAL TO STOP GOVERNMENTS OF RWANDA AND THE DRC FROM VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAW BY FORCEFUL REPATRIATION OF RWANDAN REFUGEES.

The Rwandan opposition platform composed of Amahoro PC, FDU-Inkingi, PS Imberakuri and the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) condemns in the strongest terms possible armed attacks against refugees’ camps and forced repatriation to Rwanda.

FDU-INKINGI CALLS ON THE RWANDAN GOVERNMENT TO END PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE, DEGRADING AND INHUMAN TREATMENT OF ITS PRESIDENT MRS VICTOIRE INGABIRE

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I love my country and people that I am prepared   to make any sacrifice including the ultimate sacrifice: my life, to spearhead the movement for democratic change in Rwanda”, Victoire Ingabire tells those who advised her not to  risk her life going to challenge democratically, the RPF regime in Rwanda in 2010 presidential elections. What sends shivers in the spine of the regime is that this message has gone deep in the minds of young men and women who are not deterred by death, enforced disappearances and prison from joining her. One ruling party extremist, Tom Nadir has declared that her message is like Ebola while the people of Muhanga told a journalist that local officials say that followers of FDU-Inkingi have an indelible code in their heads. The regime fears contagion and therefore Victoire Ingabire must be “isolated” as suggested by Tom.

Since the 8th October 2019, the President of the Party Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza started her ordeal of being summoned by the Rwandan investigation Bureau, to answer questions relating to an attack by an alleged rebel group in the localities of Kinigi and Burera. She has been summoned four times since October 8, 2019. She is made to sit four hours before and after interrogation sessions lasting hours and sometime like on 15th October 2019, she called to sit even though they know she cannot be interrogated without her lawyer. She is to undergo another interrogation on 16 October 2019. All these seems to be done as a psychological ploy to wear down her mental capabilities and to humiliate her. Ironically this is the date that the 1st vice president of FDU-Inkingi, Boniface Twagirimana disappeared mysteriously from Mpanga international maximum-security prison one year ago.

RWANDA: COMPARING FDU-INKINGI CHAIRPERSON TO “EBOLA” IS AN INCITEMENT TO HATRED AND VIOLENCE AGAINST HER.

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In an article that appeared in the pro-government paper, “Igihe” of July 31, 2019, allegedly controlled by the Rwandan intelligence services, Mr Tom Ndahiro, a researcher in the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG), mounted a hateful campaign against Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, President of FDU-Inkingi. He dared to compare her to Ebola,   a rare and deadly disease that is on rampage in some African countries.

He called on the public to avoid her lest they are contaminated by her political ideology. It was published in native language, Kinyarwanda, in order to reach the highest number of Rwandans. This article is by all standards a breach of the law:

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI MEMBER UNACCOUNTED FOR 48 HOURS AFTER HIS DISAPPEARANCE

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Today 17 July 2019, 48 hours after the disappearance of Mr Eugene Ndereyimana, the FDU-Inkingi are still very concerned about his fate. This is the time required by Rwandan laws before someone can report a person as missing.

SOS RWANDA: ANOTHER FDU-INKINGI MEMBER, EUGENE NDEREYIMANA, DISAPPEARS MYSTERIOUSLY

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Today around 15 July 2019 around Midday, Mr Eugene Ndereyimana, disappeared mysteriously on his way to Nyagatare, Eastern Province, to meet prospective members of FDU-Inkingi. This is part of an exercise to get required members for a party to get registered.

The people who were waiting for him lost contact with him on phone around midday while he was only 5 kilometres from the meeting venue. He had last communicated with his wife in the morning while on his way to the meeting. It was later in the afternoon that the people who were waiting for him raised the alarm.

SOS RWANDA: WHEN A SYSTEM KILLS THE SOUL OF ITS PEOPLE.

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A disingenuous falsehood targeting Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and clearly concocted by Rwandan intelligence services has demonstrated how the Rwandan people are losing their soul that used to be synonymous with moral integrity, empathy, word of honour and impartiality of a leader. This situation raises an alarm to stop this descent to hell.

RWANDA LATEST SCANDAL: THE SHEPHERD WHO RAISED ALARM OVER THE DUMPED BODY OF MURDERED ANSELME MUTUYIMANA ARRESTED BY THE RWANDAN INVESTIGATION BUREAU.

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The FDU-Inkingi has learnt with shock and disbelief that the person that the Rwandan Investigation Bureau announced as the key suspect in the murder of Mr Anselme Mutuyimana is no other than the shepherd who alerted the public over his body dumped in Gishwati forest. While this has happened, the Policemen who intercepted Mutuyimana in broad day light and whisked him away in a distinctive awaiting red car at a public parking area have not been identified by the High-Tech Rwanda Investigation Bureau, almost three months after the murder.

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

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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: FDU-INKINGI CONDEMNS INCITEMENT TO HATRED AND VIOLENCE AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION

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During this period that Rwandans are mourning over genocide against the Tutsi, it is quite tragic and irresponsible that in this emotionally charged atmosphere, the RPF top brass led by General Kabarebe James and Dr Bizimana Jean Damascène would be drumming up hatred against members of the opposition and in particular the President of FDU-Inkingi, Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. She is accused among other things of harbouring genocide ideology, insinuating against Tutsi. Such false accusation from the top leadership of RPF at this point in time, not only puts our leader at serious risk of violence from unsuspecting Tutsi survivors of genocide but is also a general incitement to hatred of members of her party and of other members of the political opposition.

ON THE OCCASION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF GENOCIDE IN RWANDA, THE FDU-INKINGI JOINS ALL VICTIMS OF THE RWANDAN TRAGEDY IN THEIR MOURING

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At this time of painful memories for the entire Rwandan people, the FDU-INKINGI join all the victims of the genocide against the Tutsis and other mass crimes and crimes against humanity, and of other crimes  considered to be genocide but not yet officially acknowledged as such, in  mourning their loved ones killed a quarter of a century ago. The FDU-Inkingi takes this opportunity to condemn in the strongest terms possible any acts that violates the physical integrity of the human person.