US Congress to Hold Hearing on Rwanda’s Troubling Human Rights Record

By: Jennifer Fierberg Democracy in Rwanda Now released the following press statement today stating: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations announced today that it will hold a hearing on May 20 to examine Rwanda’s deteriorating human rights record under President Paul Kagame. The hearing, “Developments in Rwanda,” will feature testimony from several experts on Rwanda including David Himbara, a former top economic aide to President Kagame and coordinator of the North American branch of Democracy in Rwanda Now (DIRN); Robert Higiro,…

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Australian troops remember Kibeho massacre in Rwanda

“The killing just went on and on right in front of us. None were spared, not even the babies on their mother’s backs.” It’s been 20 years since Terry Pickard witnessed the Kibeho massacre in Rwanda. It is, to this day, something that affects his life. “At least twice a week I have nightmares which wake me up,” he writes in his book Combat Medic. “I get the occasional flashback but try and remove myself from anything that might cause them. I don’t go to the butcher or the dump…

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“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”

By: Jennifer Fierberg Rwanda is often touted as a “financial success story” in many publications yet the smoke screen of propaganda quickly dissipates when the reality of facts and statistics confront the mirage. While there certainly are development successes in the country since the war in 1994 the cover up of the financial challenges are much deeper in number. In 2009,  an paper entitled “Rwanda Today: When Foreign Aid hurts More than it Helps,” was published by co-authors Dr. Emmanuel Hakizimana of the University of Quebec in Montreal and American…

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When the Victors Tell the Story: The UN’s Victims in Rwanda, By: Captain Amadou Deme

A book review By: Jennifer Fierberg “History isn’t all fact–it’s just the story the victors tell to keep themselves in power. And it’s been a slow revision. The more time passes, the easier it becomes to reinvent the past.” There is no lack of books written about Rwanda and specifically about the war that was started in 1990 by the Rwandan Patriotic Front led by now President Paul Kagame. Many books claim to hold the truth of this war, other seek to disprove truths that others find.  Unfortunately, none of…

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BAD INFLUENCE: THE DANGERS OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN RWANDA

A RESPONSE TO AMBASSADOR ERICA BARKS-RUGGLES Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles The United States Embassy in Rwanda2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie (Kacyiru)P.O. Box 28 KigaliRWANDA Your Excellency, I read your letter to the Rwandan people in the RPF-owned and Rwandan intelligence-controlled newspaper, The New Times of 4th February, 2015. For such a beginning in distant place plagued with demons of death and destruction in its past and present, you must be feeling both excited and challenged. In responding to your hopeful letter, I only wish the Rwandan people to whom you address the…

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Norway’s Supreme Court Upholds Extradition Of Rwanda Genocide Suspect

Norway’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday in Oslo, that a 42-year-old, Eugene Nkuranyabahizi should be extradited to Rwanda to stand trial over alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide in the Central African country. Nkuranyabahizi, a former school teacher, was accused of taking part in massacres that killed about 7,500 people. The four judges were unanimous in their ruling, which upheld two lower court decisions that there were sufficient grounds for Nkuranyabahizi’s extradition. They said as part of the case, the courts heard testimony from witnesses compiled by Norwegian police investigators who visited…

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What Will Likely Become The Ugliest “Non-Political” Fight In Post-Kagame Rwanda?

(Editors note: The following article was written by Dr. David Himbara in January of 2013, A Rwanda native, Mr. Himbara spent a total of six years working for President Paul Kagame: from 2006 to 2010 as the head of strategy and policy in the Office of the President and from 2000 to 2002 as the principal private secretary to the president. He has worked on numerous development projects thoughout the world and is a published author. Dr. Himbara is working on a new book currently.) My readers often ask me all…

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Kagame started the genocide in Rwanda, then Congo

In protest of Rwanda Day, Atlanta, Georgia, Sept. 20, 2014 Click to enlarge To the City of Atlanta, former Mayor Andrew Young and Bernice King: Individuals and organizations listed below have come to know that the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is organizing what he calls Rwanda Day, a meeting with the Rwandan Diaspora and the American public in the city of Atlanta. We, the Congolese and Rwandan Diaspora, indigenous of the Congo and Rwanda, together with friends of these two countries, denounce and strongly condemn the fact that the…

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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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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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