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Rwanda – Congratulations on Obama reelection

Lausanne, November 07, 2012.

H.E.  Barack H. Obama

President of the United States of America

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20500

Re: Letter of congratulations from the coordinating committee of FDU-Inkingi (Rwanda) to His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, on his reelection as President of the United States of America.

Your Excellency,

The American people have just chosen you again to preside over their destiny for the next four years.

It gives us immense pleasure to extend, on behalf of the coordinating committee of the Rwandan opposition FDU-INKINGI, our warmest congratulations and sincere greetings to Your Excellency. We are confident that your re-election will allow you to move forward with new and ambitious goals for the United States, as well as internationally. Your stunning victory rewards a tireless commitment to serving the American people and the world.

Rwanda : A brutal and uncompromising verdict against Ingabire

October 30, 2012.

A brutal and uncompromising verdict: Today, Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chairperson of Unified Democratic Forces-FDU-Inkingi, was sentenced to 8 years in prison by the High Court of Kigali.

 

The Rwandan justice system is broken.

All of you who might still doubt the unfairness and the lack of independence of the Rwandan justice system with regard to the regime of Paul Kagame, open your eyes. Throughout the trial, we tirelessly showed you how the High Court, by violating basic judicial procedures and evidence of innocence presented by the defense, persisted in its wanderings and declared itself competent to judge the facts all of which were unsubstantiated and were contested by the defense, the facts that apparently occurred before the law repressing them was enacted or the facts that have been committed outside the jurisdiction of the High Court. Even the illegal acquisition of the evidential documents from the Netherlands, which were supposed to show the collaboration of Madame Victoire Ingabire with the armed rebellion of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), turned out to be a windbag. The Prosecution failed to provide, beyond any reasonable doubt, the evidence of guilt for Madame Victoire Ingabire. By refusing to consider the testimonies and breaches to the judicial procedure that were presented by the defense team, and moreover, by violating the basic legal principles of non-retroactivity of criminal laws and jurisdictions, the High Court failed to interpret the law and therefore denied to Madame Victoire Ingabire the right to a fair trial.

RWANDA : FDU-INKINGI MEMBERS DEMAND BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION TO HELP DEFUSE POLITICAL MANHUNT

Today, 17 October 2012, 09:30, about 50 members of the opposition went to the UK High Commission in Kigali to demand the key bilateral partner to help defuse unrelenting manhunt against them. Only 21 FDU-Inkingi members were allowed in while others stayed outside the premises under a heavy scrutiny of Criminal Investigations Department and Military Intelligence joint patrols. They all left after 11:00. Some protesters had white T-shirts “WE NEED DEMOCRACY” and “WE NEED JUSTICE”  flyers. A written call for international solidarity untitled “RWANDA:CRUSHED OPPOSITION NOW PUSHED TO THE EDGE”  was taken to Embassies of USA, Netherlands, France and the European Union Representation in Rwanda as well.

(Français) Rwanda : Mémorandum des FDU-Inkingi/RNC à l’occasion du dépot de plainte auprès de la CPI contre Kagame

MEMORANDUM DES PARTIS POLITIQUES FDU-INKINGI ET RNC A L’OCCASION DU DEPOT DE PLAINTE AU-PRES DE LA COUR PENALE INTERNATIONALE CONTRE LE PRESIDENT RWANDAIS LE Gal PAUL KAGAME POUR LES CRIMES COMMIS AU RWANDA ET EN REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO :                                                                                               Mémorandum FDU-Inkingi & RNC | Cour Pénale Internationale (CPI) 17-08-2012

MEMORANDUM DES PARTIS POLITIQUES FDU-INKINGI ET RNC A L’OCCASION DU DEPOT DE PLAINTE AU-PRES DE LA COUR PENALE INTERNATIONALE CONTRE LE PRESIDENT RWANDAIS LE Gal PAUL KAGAME POUR LES CRIMES COMMIS AU RWANDA ET EN REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO

                                                                                                     

MEMORANDUM DES PARTIS POLITIQUES FDU-INKINGI ET RNC A L’OCCASION DU DEPOT DE PLAINTE AU-PRES DE LA COUR PENALE INTERNATIONALE CONTRE LE PRESIDENT RWANDAIS LE Gal PAUL KAGAME POUR LES CRIMES COMMIS AU RWANDA ET EN REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO

                                                                                                     

“Time is nothing when there is determination” Victorie Ingabire Umuhoza

Alice Muhirwa FDU-INKINGI Treasurer

Alice Muhirwa FDU-INKINGI Treasurer

In an interview with Alice Muhirwa, FDU-INKINGI Treasurer, conducted on 27 January 2012, she describes the political climate in Rwanda from her experience in a political opposition group in Rwanda. She describes the challenges she faces in supporting Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza who is currently on her second year in jail while her trial continues to be postponed. Ms. Muhirwa delivers food to Mrs. Ingabire Umuhoza on a daily basis and describes the conditions she is suffering in.

If there was ever a question of whether or not young people are the hope for change in our world then they should simply look to the brave and courageous example of Alice Muhirwa. Her determination and focus are admirable in a country where oppression of dissenting views is part of daily life.

The interview:

JF:  What are your full name and your position as a political oppositional figure?

AM: Alice Muhirwa, FDU-INKINGI Treasurer.

JF: What challenges do you face being a part of an opposition group or do you have to keep that position quiet?

AM: There is no way you would keep your position quiet when you are a member of the FDU-INKINGI interim Executive committee, based in Rwanda, and engaging directly the dictatorship here on a daily basis.

Rwanda: FDU-RNC: Open Letter to Alexander Gonzalez, President of the California State University, Sacramento .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re: President Paul Kagame’s invitation to speak at the third International Genocide Conference on November 3rd, 2011.

RWANDA: THE ILLEGITIMACY OF THE TRIAL OF VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA CHAIR OF FDU-INKINGI

1. Introduction

The detention in Kigali since October 14, 2010 of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chair of FDU-INKINGI confirmed the Rwandan proverb that says that nobody can argue with one’s own undertaker. 1

In our press release published on June 19, 2011, we demonstrated the political reasons behind the sham lawsuit filed by the RPF against Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, a mock trial, which opened in Kigali on June 20, 2011 and will resume on September 5, 2011 2.

The arrest of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza for the alleged crimes was done under the draconian laws enacted by the regime to protect itself against any opposition. Theses laws cannot guarantee a fair justice as they emanate from a regime that took power through terror. They thus pose serious problems of legitimacy.

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

The organizations that form the political platform FDU-Inkingi/Rwandan National Congress (RNC) were shocked to learn that the United Nations Economic and Social Council has unanimously approved the request by the Rwandan government to become member of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. To accept such a nomination would be like putting the wolf into the sheepfold.

OPEN LETTER TO MS. JENNIFER G. COOKE, AFRICA PROGRAM DIRECTOR, AT THE CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

OPEN LETTER TO MS. JENNIFER G. COOKE, AFRICA PROGRAM DIRECTOR, AT THE CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

POUR UN DEVELOPPEMT AGRICOLE  DURABLE

1. Introduction
The United Democratic Forces, FDU-INKINGI, form a political party encompassing citizens with a community of ideas and a shared belief in the approaches and strategies for:
- Installing the rule of law underpinned by a pluralist democracy and a fair justice system, characterized by equal opportunity and social equity;
- Creating an environment conducive to sustainable development of the country which should lead to social well-being of all Rwandans.
Therefore, given the current environment, economic development must primarily find  solutions to the impoverishment of the rural areas and the socio-economic integration of young people, the two major vectors of exclusion and social violence.

SEE COMPLETE DOCUMENT HERE

 

 

 

A POLITICAL TRIAL AGAINST Ms. VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA

This Monday, June 20, 2011, begins at the High Court in Kigali, the trial against Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the Chairperson of FDU-Inkingi, an opposition party that the Rwandan authorities still refuse to register. Officially, she is accused of: genocide ideology, collaboration with a terrorist group, divisionism, spreading rumors aimed at inciting the population to rise against the regime, and creating a rebel army aimed at overthrowing the government by force.