BURUNDI SECURITY AGENTS ATTACK JOURNALIST COVERING MURDER OF TOP GENERAL — CPJ SAYS

 Gen. Adolphe Nshimiramana Burundi security forces detained and beat a journalist on Sunday while he was covering the assassination of a top general in the capital, Bujumbura, according to news reports and the journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on Burundian authorities to launch a full and efficient investigation. Esdras Ndikumana, a correspondent for Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, was detained while he was photographing the scene at which Gen. Adolphe Nshimiramana was killed in a drive-by shooting, the reports said. Security agents arrested…

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International Community on alert for Paul Kagame’s brutality

Press release Montréal, March 22, 2015 The Rwanda National Congress-RNC demands that the Canadian government expel members of the Rwandan Commondo or bring them before the Canadian justice system The Rwanda National Congress informed the minister of public security of Canada and the media of the presence of a Rwandan commando whose objective is to kill, injure, or intimidate several people who criticized the government of Rwanda. Some are travelling with diplomatic passports, others have Canadian documents and are led by a former advisor from the Rwandan Embassy in Ottawa…

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Revolution sneaks up on you one small step at a time

By Jennifer Fierberg Rwandan gospel singer sentenced to ten years in prison Injustice inside Rwanda is not a new topic for journalists who cover the region. It is a subject matter that is written about so frequently that it becomes part of the narrative when broaching the subject of the legal system in Rwanda. Sadly, today is not different. The popular Rwandan gospel singer, Mihigo Kizito, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today. His co-defendant, journalist Cassian Ntamuhanga was sentenced to 25 years and former military personnel Dukuzumuremyi John…

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Brothers kill brothers, Remembering Patrick Karegeya

By Jennifer Fierberg Just over a year ago, Patrick Karegeya was murdered in an upscale hotel in South Africa. He was found strangled under suspicious circumstances with a trail of clues that leave few questions in discovering the perpetrator of this crime.  There was no money taken from the victim, no valuables were missing from the hotel or his home and only his cellphones were taken by his murderers and were found shortly later when they were discovered being powered on in Rwanda. The motive of this crime was clearly…

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“Your silence gives consent”

By Jennifer Fierberg There are no words that can provide comfort to someone who has experienced profound loss. Mere attempts at platitudes and words of solace can never fill a void so big it cannot be measured.  However, sitting with Leah Karegeya, one knows they are in the presence of strength, courage, power and a woman filled with God’s love.  There is also a palpable heaviness that Mrs. Karegeya carries in suffering from the loss of her husband at the hands of one of Africa’s worst dictators in history.  Mrs.…

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Nun decapitated in Burundi

Italian nun Olga Raschietti, who was killed in Kamenge, a northern district of Bujumbura, Burundi. (Missionarie di Maria, AFP) Bujumbura – Three elderly Italian nuns were raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of Burundi, police said on Monday as a hunt was launched for their killers. Police initially reported that two nuns were stabbed to death on Sunday afternoon. The killer then battered one of the two with a rock, before fleeing the convent. Italian authorities named the first two killed as Olga Raschietti,…

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Burundi investigates ‘Rwandan bodies’ in Lake Rweru

  Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ”The victims are not Burundian citizens because the bodies are coming from…

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Why is the whole world still silent on the murder of Rwandan activist Makonene?

  Gustave Makonene, coordinator of Transparency International Rwanda’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Center in Rubavu.   It has been a year since the murder of Gustave Makonene. The body of the Transparency International Rwanda employee was found on July 18, 2013 on the shore of Lake Kivu, outside the town of Rubavu, in Rwanda’s Western Province. Local residents found his body twisted around a large tree, with a rope around his neck. They believe he might have been thrown from a car on the road above the lake and that…

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Rwanda: The Victims Who Weren’t Commemorated

By Andy Piascik.   A solemn ceremony was held in Rwanda last month to mark the 20thanniversary of the mass killings in that country in 1994. Corporate media from the United States and the rest of the world covered the event in some depth, underscoring the horrible deaths of hundreds of thousands killed by the state and Hutu civilians. Dignitaries and politicians from around the world, including several from the United States, attended a commemorative event that included an emotional reenactment of the bloodletting.   Entirely uncommented on was the sickening…

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Assassination in Africa: Inside the plots to kill Rwanda’s dissidents

Rwanda’s Hunted Much of the world regards President Paul Kagame as a hero. But 20 years after he helped to stop his country’s brutal genocide, there are mounting allegations that he is silencing dissenters with violence. A months-long, international inquiry by The Globe’sGeoffrey York and contributor Judi Rever has uncovered explosive testimonies from those who say they were recruited for assassinations – including an alleged recording of one job offer     (David Johnson/Corbis Outline) ‘The price is not a problem,” says the man on the phone. “We will show our appreciation if things are…

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