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Gambia: Commission uncovers Yahya Jammeh’s alleged crimes

A Gambian truth commission has heard testimony that former president Yahya Jammeh was responsible for numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office. Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that these crimes include ordering the killing and torture of political opponents, the murder of 56 West African migrants, and “witch hunts” in which hundreds of women were arbitrarily detained. Jammeh also allegedly participated in the rape and sexual assault of women brought to him. On December 5, 2019, the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) will conclude its first year…

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Ghana’s faith healers defy ban on chaining of patients

Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana are reported to be defying a ban on chaining up patients considered to be suffering mental health conditions. According to Human Rights Watch, the ban on chaining patients at these healing centers was announced in 2017 but such a treatment continues. On Wednesday the rights group said in a statement that from November 4 to 8, 2019, it “interviewed 25 people, including people with psychosocial disabilities, mental health professionals, staff at prayer camps and traditional healing centers, mental health advocates, religious leaders, and two…

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By: Dr. Charles Kambanda Edited By: Jennifer Fierberg On June 2, 2014, the Minister of Justice – on behalf of the government of Rwanda (GoR) –  issued communiqué “assessing” Human Rights Watch (HRW) activities and conduct in Rwanda. The GoR broad accusations against HRW fit in five categories: (1) HRW is a tool for some unnamed “authorities” to which HRW pays allegiance; HRW is not independent. (2) HRW breached the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  between the GoR and HRW; HRW acts and/or reports on issues beyond the MoU (3) HRW…

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Rwanda: A government with deep pockets and shallow morals

By: Jennifer Fierberg The US State Department made a strong statement today in regards to the ongoing reports of the arrests and disappearances of dozens of Rwandans over the last two months. The statement by Marie Harf, Deputy Department Spokesperson, and Office of the Spokesperson US State Department stated in part: “Rwandan authorities held individuals incommunicado for periods up to two months before presenting them to a court of law. We are encouraged that Rwandan authorities have recently taken steps to bring a number of these individuals before a court.…

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Kagame plays the US for a fool again

By Theogene Rudasingwa As usual, after Kagame gets his victims dead or in jail, he takes a tour to the West to celebrate and be recognised for what he is not. After getting musician Kizito and his colleagues in jail, he will be in Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, on 22 April, as a guest of the President of Tufts university, Dr. Anthony Monaco. Kagame is also always in the US around this time every year to visit his children who study in the US, using public resources! E-mail and call his…

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Rwanda: Investigate Anti-Corruption Campaigner’s Murder

Gustave Makonene Rwanda: Investigate Anti-Corruption Campaigner’s Murder Stalling, Silence on Activist’s Death (Nairobi, January 22, 2014) – Official investigations into the murder of a Rwandan anti-corruption activist appear to have ground to a halt six months later, Human Rights Watch said today. The case has received surprisingly little public attention, and the victim’s family is still awaiting justice. Human Rights Watch has visited the town of Rubavu where the body was found and interviewed witnesses and the police. Gustave Makonene, coordinator of Transparency International Rwanda’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre…

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“A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition.”

AMAHORO PEOPLE’S CONGRESS*RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS*FDU-INKINGI H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President, Republic of Uganda. November 7, 2013. Your Excellency, Re: Treatment of Rwandan Asylum Seekers and Refugees Living in Uganda We, the undersigned, have been compelled by recent events to write to Your Excellency on behalf of the organizations we serve to express our grave concerns for the security of some of the tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees who have either sought asylum in Uganda or are in transit in Uganda awaiting opportunity to seek refuge in other countries. The…

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Rwanda’s Rampaging Rebel Force

by: Philippe Bolopion Published in: International Herald Tribune Despite supporting a brutal rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda is about to take a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Few countries dare challenge the Security Council the way Rwanda does; even fewer get away with it. Yet on Tuesday, despite backing an abusive rebel group that has attacked U.N. peacekeepers in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda will take a two-year seat on the council. At the famous horseshoe table, Rwanda will get to make life-and-death decisions on the…

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HRW confirms today Kagame’s ongoing and unscrupulous support to M23

 BY: Ambrose Nzeyimana Young people without official employment across Rwanda are being round up. On 23/08/12, this group was taken into police custody in Rusizi area. A similar exercise was performed this week in Kimicanga area of Kigali – the Rwandan capital. Sources in the country confirm that some of these young people end up forcibly given accelerated military training with the ultimate purpose of sending them in DRC to reinforce M23 contingent of fighters. And this appears unfortunate knowing that recent cuts or delays of aid from donor countries…

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Fahamu, “Opposing Cessation of Protection for Rwandan Refugees”

By Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In their most recent move to stop the Cessation of Protection of Rwandan Refugees, Fahamu stated the following in their petition to their supporter; “On December 31, 2011, the UN High Commissioner for the Refugees and several states hosting Rwandan refugees are considering invoking the ‘cessation clause’ of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. This is a very unusual and dangerous move that could cause revocation of the refugee status of tens of thousands of people who fled ethnic and political persecution in…

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