Will it ever be safe to speak up in Rwanda?

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW It has been another interesting week in the confusion and danger that is Rwandan politics. Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has announced his return to Rwanda to register his party and run for parliament. This move has sparked many online discussions as to his motives, timing and speculations of him being “bought” by the current ruling regime. Mr. Habineza has defended his decision with his desire to be a part of the country he loves and desires to serve. He has…

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Sweden freezes Rwanda aid after rebel backing

Sweden announced Monday that it was provisionally suspending aid to Rwanda pending clarification of reports that the central African nation has backed rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “We have chosen to hold off with aid to shed light on what is going on Congo and how they (the Rwandan authorities) are involved,” Cooperation Minister Gunilla Carlsson told public radio SR. “We have not stopped, we have chosen to freeze” a part of the aid budget, she said, adding that Rwanda should “take up its responsibilities for the development…

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