Nearly everything in Paul Kagame’s Rwanda is fake

The very day the « results » of the last sham parliamentary elections were announced, one of my Rwandan Facebook friends asked me to make a short comment over its most astonishing outcome : the incredible, hilarious 64% of women elected MPs, a first in the world. I didn’t reply to them. I’m sure it didn’t go down well with my friend. But, there are many reasons to that. The most important worth mentioning is that I couldn’t figure out how to put in a few words the significance of…

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Foreign Policy in Rwanda: A discussion with Deo Lukyamuzi

By: Jennifer Fierberg Rwanda has faced numerous challenges in the past year with their credibility and foreign relations. Both have seen severe declines with the UN GoE report that states the M23 rebel group currently harassing Eastern DRC is being funded and organized by the Government of Rwanda. A claim the Rwandan Government denies. Due to the publications of these reports Rwanda has faced hundreds of millions of dollars in aid cuts which has left a significant dent in their ability to fund many programs.  Deo Lukyamuzi, Commissioner for External…

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Rwandan Youth and political commitment

 On the 10th of November Alice Muhirwa, a young Rwandan lady, was awarded the annual prize of Jeunesse engagée (Committed Youth). This prize was given by the Canadian section of the International Network of Women for Democracy and Peace (RifDP) and is distributed to young people who, through their actions and commitment, have contributed greatly to peace and democracy. This year the theme was ‘let us be masters of our own destiny’ and it’s within the annual activity around commitment that Alice Muhirwa was chosen for the prize. Alice Muhirwa…

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Opposition still under attack In Rwanda

 By: Jennifer Fierberg

In the wise and profound words of Winston Churchill:

“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police … yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.” ― Winston Churchill, Blood, Sweat and Tears

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“Freedom lies in being bold”

Deo and Jennifer By: Jennifer Fierberg with Deo Lukyamuzi

In an interview with Deo Lukyamuzi, Commissioner for External Relations for one faction of the FDU-INKINGI, he reveals his parties plans for a free and peaceful Rwanda as well as the role of Victoire Ingabire who went to Rwanda in 2010 ahead of the presidential election in order to register their party and run for President. Mr. Lukyamuzi candidly answered all questions this journalist asked without exception.

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Make Every Woman Count: Rwanda

Our Interview of the Month with Alice Muhirwa Sunday, 01 April 2012 Alice Muhirwa is a 31 old-years and mother of 2. She holds a Bacc  degree in Economics  from the independent university of kigali. She also acquired a human rights certificate  in 2002 from the Christian Faith International (CFI)  and has over  5 years of experience working with local  organizations. She has been very active with  women’s student  association acting as Gender promoter , with a focus on promoting peace, gender equality and advocacy for women’s rights. Alice went…

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Rwandan Opposition Members continue to be under attack

By Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In a press release by the FDU-INKINGI party on Monday March 12, 2012 they had the following to state about the ongoing trial of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza: RWANDA: INGABIRE POLITICAL TRIAL RESUMES. THE HIGH COURT SUSPENDS DEBATES ON GENOCIDE ALLEGATIONS UNTIL CONSTITUTIONALITY RULING. MARCH 12, 2012 Kigali, 12 March 2012 On 12 March 2012, the political trial of the opposition leader Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza resumed. About 200 people from all the folks attended the hearing, and some of them donned pink, a symbol of…

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A New Hope, Victoire Ingabire

Rwandan opposition politician, Victoire Ingabire, wins a partial victory in the first round in her fight against the country’s laws governing genocide ideology. High Court judges in Rwanda have partially suspended the trial of opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza until the country’s Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the genocide ideology laws she is challenging–laws that allow for the punishment of children as young as 12 years old. Victoire Ingabire launched a legal challenge in a Kigali court earlier this week to nullify the laws related to “divisionism” and…

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When silence serves violence best in Rwanda

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW Rwanda’s political opposition is once again under attack. On January 3, 2012 reports out of Kigali stated that another grenade attack occured in a local market.  With Grenades, unjustified arrests of opposition leaders, attempted assignations in other countries the oppositional parties to the ruling regime in Rwanda face an uphill battle in striving for peace and reconciliation. On , 02 January 2012, The political party FDU-INKINGI published the following press release regarding the arrest of one of their key leaders: Kigali: Last night, a platoon of…

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Charles Ingabire’s death must be investigated and his assassins brought to justice

FDU-Inkingi Press Release on Charles INGABIRE assassination

FDU-Inkingi is shocked by the violent murder of Charles INGABIRE committed last Friday December 1, 2011, at Kampala (Uganda) where he had sought and obtained political asylum. The deceased was a very active journalist at Inyenyeri News, a critical Kinyarwanda and English electronic outlet published on the web.

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