Is President Kagame biting more than he can chew?

by philipetyang i Rwanda President Paul Kagame and his Communist government has in the recent past been engaging regional and continental leaders in a war of words. His actions are tantamount to trying to assert the “illusionary power” of Rwanda as a country. Early last year, President Kagame was claimed to be heard issuing threats against Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete at an event dubbed Youth Konnect in Rwanda. “I will not waste my time answering him, it is well known there is a line you cannot cross…it is impossible,” Kagame threatened the person of…

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Freedom in the world: Rwanda

        Rwanda’s civil liberties rating declined from 5 to 6 due to numerous documented cases of unlawful detention, torture, and ill-treatment of civilians by military intelligence agents in secret locations.   OVERVIEW: The Rwandan Patriotic Front under President Paul Kagame continued to prosecute journalists and opposition politicians in 2012, with harsh sentences delivered in several cases. An October report by an international human rights group noted numerous instances of torture, ill-treatment, and enforced disappearances in secret detention centers at the hands of Rwanda’s military intelligence between March…

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RWANDA: Harassed to harass in the name of dignity ‘’Young people as a tool to sustain oppression’’

APRIL 19, 2013 12:16 PM The Rwandan government and security services are forcibly using young people to participating in activities that aim to promote its image and control its people. Due to the nature of those activities and training provided in order to develop necessary skills and knowledge to implement them, young people suffers various levels of physical and psychological health issues which have led to attempt to commit suicide, committing suicide or leaving Rwanda to seek asylum abroad. Activities that young people are obliged to attend include military training,…

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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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