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Rwanda : Judgment in Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza’s case against Rwanda

INGABIRE VERDICT

Rwanda: Appeal for an end to relentless persecution of FDU-Inkingi members: case of Anselme Mutuyimana.


PRESS RELEASE

 

The FDU-Inkingi political party opposed to the repressive regime of President Paul Kagame would like to appeal to all peace-loving people and governments as well as human rights organisations to put pressure on the Rwandan government to end the persecution and torture of its members. We would like to draw the attention of the public on the continued psychological and physical torture of Anselme Mutuyimana held in Nyanza prison.

We have raised the pathetic situation of Mr Anselme in our earlier press releases but the situation has deteriorated after the FDU-Inkingi leadership was arrested and detained on trumped charges. He is regularly beaten and put in solitary confinement in a very squeezed prison cell.

 

PRESS RELEASE N° 021/2016

 THE PRESIDENT KAGAME OF RWANDA HAS A LOT TO LEARN FROM MOZAMBIQUE 

 

The hero of Mozambique liberation and independence Samora MACHEL pointed out that “a soldier without politics is an assassin, i.e. using force for its own sake or for personal interest and not to serve the interest of the people.  President Kagame should avoid being judged by history as an assassin.

It is very sad and tragic for Rwanda which General Kagame took power by force, and is now using force to oppress his own people and maintain himself in power indefinitely.  During the last 22 years that the ruling party in Rwanda the RPF has been in power, it has demonstrated that it cannot manage people’s demands without resorting to violence and coercion. Rwanda has the highest number of refugees of all time in the history of the country cutting across, ethnicity and profession and the only regime that has hunted its critics to assassinate them. His people have been cowed down to accept, despite gross violations of human rights, to change the constitution that allows him to be in power for 40 years (1994- 2034). We recall that even though he was Vice President (1994 -2000) he was the man with real power.

  • Extra judicial killings

The president has set the tone in inviting his security agents to eliminate anyone who threatens state security which, under articles 463 and 451 of the penal code, includes anyone saying anything or tells others anything that is likely to incite the people against the government. This is come to mean anything that criticises government policy or practice and hence likely makes people hate the government.

Renewed call on the Burundian and Rwandan Governments to conduct a prompt investigation of deaths in Lake Rweru

PRESS RELEASE N° 017/2016

In July and August 2014 more than forty (40) corpses were discovered, wrapped in plastic, in Lake Rweru, which borders Burundi and Rwanda

Following the discovery the United States government made an” urgent call on the Burundian and Rwandan Governments to conduct a prompt, thorough, impartial and concerted investigation of these deaths with the assistance of independent, international forensic experts”.

The US call had been preceded by the call for investigation on corpses found in Lake Rweru. A European Union official had told Radio France International that the EU had asked both countries to expedite investigations to identify where the bodies came from and the cause of the people’s death.

BREAKING NEWS: FDU-INKINGI ORDINARY CONGRESS IN ALOST, BELGIUM

On September 13th, 2014, the political party FDU- Inkingi held its Ordinary Congress in Alost, Belgium.

Following the approval of the minutes of the latest Extraordinary Congress held in Breda, Netherlands, on April 13th and 14th, 2014, the Congress put into effect the resolutions relating to the elections of the Governing Body of the Party.

Rwanda: Sylvain Sibomana, the FDU-Inkingi’s Interim Secretary General, has been unfairly sentenced to two years in prison.

Kigali, November 22, 2013

On Friday November 22, 2013, the Nyarugunga First Instance Court announced the verdict in the trial against Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, the FDU-Inkingi’s Interim Secretary General, and Mr. Dominique Shyirambere, on two accounts:

• Organizing illegal protests while attending the appeal court hearings in the trial against the FDU-Inkingi’s Chairperson, Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, on March 25, 2013, within the Kigali Supreme Court’s premises.

• Uttering defamation against Security Services.

This case had been first presented to the Gasabo High Court but owing to some jurisdiction limitations the High Court declared itself incompetent to try it. The Court had therefore decided to send the case back to the Nyarugunga First Instance Court where the same case had already been heard on November 4, 2013.

In its conclusions, the Nyarugunga First Instance Court found Mr. Sylvain Sibomana guilty of the above mentioned two accounts and sentenced him to two years in prison with a fine of one million Rwandan Francs (1,000,000 FRW) in litigation fee. With regard to Mr. Dominique Shyirambere, the Court sentenced him to five months in prison with the same fine of one million Rwandan Francs (1,000,000 FRW) in litigation fee.

Rwanda: The Dutch Ambassador made a courtesy visit to Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

Kigali, November 21, 2013

On Thursday, around 1pm, the Dutch Ambassador to Rwanda, Her Excellency Leoni CUELENAERE, paid a courtesy visit to Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the Chairperson of FDU-Inkingi, imprisoned at the infamous Kigali maximum security prison since October 2010.

During their talks, the two parties discussed issues relating to the democratization process in Rwanda and the situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Rwanda: The case against Victoire Ingabire falls apart as prosecution witness admit their testimonies were framed.

Kigali, 29th April 2013

On the 8th day of Ingabire’s appeal, the Supreme Court heard the prosecution witnesses namely Lieutenant-Colonel Tharcisse Nditurende, Lt Colonel Noël Habiyaremye, Captain Jean Marie Vianney Karuta and Major Vital Uwumuremyi. They all criticized the prosecution’s case especially in regard to the formation of an armed organization.

These witnesses had pleaded guilty in the High Court to have formed a military organization, the CDF which allegedly was to be a military wing of FDU-INKINGI. They affirm they have never been members of such organization because it has never existed. Mrs Victoire Ingabire’s conviction by the High Court was based on these confessions.

With regard to talks that these witnesses would have had with Madam Ingabire, Tharcisse Nditurende declared that they contacted Ingabire to see if she could be of any use to them, but she never responded positively, especially that she was more concerned about her intention to return to Rwanda and to enter political scene. He added that he immediately realized that he could not expect anything from someone who wanted to return to Rwanda.

(Français) (Kinyarwanda) FDU-Inkingi : Imyaka itatu i Rwanda duharanira Demokrasi, Leta y’igitugu itwimira

Ijambo ryavugiwe i Bruseli taliki ya 26 Mutarama 2013, n’ umuyobozi wa Komitee Mpuzabikorwa ya FDU Inkingi, Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana, nyuma y’urugendo rwo kwibuka imyaka itatu Intwari Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza imaze igeze mu Rwanda guharanira Demokarasi, Ubutabera n’ Ubwigenge busesuye ku Banyarwanda bose.

Barwanashyaka namwe nshuti za FDU Inkingi,

Bagenzi bacu muhagarariye amashyaka yanyu,

Banyarwanda, Banyarwandakazi,

Nshuti z’u Rwanda n’Abanyarwanda,

Ijambo ryavugiwe i Bruseli taliki ya 26 Mutarama 2013, n’ umuyobozi wa Komitee Mpuzabikorwa ya FDU Inkingi, Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana, nyuma y’ urugendo rwo kwibuka imyaka itatu Intwari Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza imaze igeze mu Rwanda guharanira Demokarasi, Ubutabera n’ Ubwigenge busesuye ku Banyarwanda bose.

Barwanashyaka namwe nshuti za FDU Inkingi,

Bagenzi bacu muhagarariye amashyaka yanyu,

Banyarwanda, Banyarwandakazi,

Nshuti z’u Rwanda n’Abanyarwanda,

Rwanda: Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza: 3 years after January 16th, 2010

Victoire Ingabire, leader of FDU-nkingi, coming out of a Rwandan court with handcuffs.

 

At the occasion of the third anniversary of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza returning back home to Rwanda, it is important to look briefly at the journey that democracy has followed as a critical path for a true development of the country.

It was on January 16th, 2010 that the leader of FDU-Inkingi landed in Kigali after an exile of sixteen years in The Netherlands.

One of her political acts on the first day in Rwanda was to visit the Genocide Memorial at Gisozi. The short announcement she made at the intention of the press would constitute her initial sin in the face of the RPF regime. Maybe to measure and understand how Paul Kagame is opposed to differing ideas from his own, a reading of Ingabire’s statement to journalists at the time is necessary.

RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS AND FDU-INKINGI ENCOURAGED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STAND ON RWANDA AND DRC

December 19, 2012.

His Excellency Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

Washington DC

USA

 

Your Excellency,

 

On behalf of Rwanda National Congress and FDU-Inkingi, it is our honor to re-iterate that we are greatly encouraged by the stand you have taken on the crisis in the Great Lakes region.

RWANDA: Political prisoner INGABIRE verdict postponed to 30 October 2012.

Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza - Rwanda political prisoner

Kigali, 19 October 2012

The High Court today postponed to 30 October 2012, 10:00 for the 4th time the verdict  in the “life sentence” case against political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza,  FDU-INKINGI Chair, in maximum prison since 14 October 2010. The court informed the public that before the final ruling there is a need to “fast track the prosecution phrasing of genocide ideology charges and to include the Supreme court refusal of the constitutional review lodged by the defendant”.

RWANDA: INGABIRE VERDICT POSTPONED TO 07 SEPTEMBER 2012

unfair justice

Kigali High Court has adjourned the verdict of political prisoner Victoire Ingabire, Chair of FDU-INKINGI, to 07 September 2012. The judges ruled they needed more time to deliberate. No reference was made to a pending constitutional review of some contentious genocide laws opening in the Supreme Court from 19 July 2012.

Political prisoner Victoire Ingabire was arrested in October 2010 after she announced her decision to compete for the Presidential office. Since her return to Rwanda, President Paul Kagame has instructed his judiciary to prosecute the challenger. The government of Rwanda alleged there was overwhelming evidence against the opposition leader for charges related to links to FDLR rebellion.

“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 : THE RESUMPTION OF INGABIRE POLITICAL TRIAL MARKS THE PARTY SECOND ANNIVERSARY IN RWANDA.

Kigali, 16  January 2012

Leaders of the interim Executive committee observed a minute of silence in front of the High Court house waiting for the party Chair, Ms. Victoire INGABIRE UMUHOZA, to be escorted to the Courtroom, in handcuffs and prisoners’ uniform as her political trial was supposed to resume today. But it was again adjourned until 13 February 2012 to allow the Prosecutor to get ready with the relevance, materiality, and translation of segments of additional investigation on allegations of acts of terrorism. The High Court informed the Defence counsel that the postponement request from the National Public Prosecution Authority was registered on 12 January 2012. The Defence was not informed, and Barrister Iain EDWARDS traveled from the UK to Rwanda for the hearing just to be told it will resume after another four weeks!

Speaking to a press conference in Uganda early December 2011, President Paul KAGAME blatantly lied that “the British lawyer deserted the trial after he realised that there was overwhelming evidence on acts of terrorism”. We don’t know whether this surprise adjournment is related to a governmental exhaustion strategy in order to finish the financial means of the defendant. Ingabire and her party are paying Rwandan lawyers and expenses of the British probono lawyer.

The government of Rwanda has derailled the registration of FDU-INKINGI political party since January 2010 and most key leaders of the party have been detained as well.