RWANDA ON THE BRINK OF WAR AS UNITED STATES AND UNITED KINGDOM FACE A DIFFICULT CHOICE

An Open Note to President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron Your Excellences, In 1994 both of you were still young in distinguished political journeys that eventually placed you at the pinnacles of power in the United States and the United Kingdom. You recall that 1994 was a watershed moment in Rwanda that gave birth to a national tragedy-that of genocide- of unimaginable magnitude. It has been 20 years since then, and one would have hoped that the most important lessons of that period would have been learned, and that history…

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Arms Embargo on Rwanda is of Paramount Necessity

Mandatory United Nations Security Council arms embargo on Rwanda is of paramount necessity. By Charles KAMBANDA A general and complete UNSC arms embargo on all deliveries of weapons and military equipment to Rwanda is the ideal remedy to save millions of innocent civilians in Rwanda, DRC and Rwandan’s neighboring countries. A mandatory arms embargo on Rwanda is the only viable alternative to coerce Rwanda to change its behavior in the interest of international peace, security and deter General Paul Kagame’s acts of aggression on Congo. First, Rwanda has terrorized Congo for…

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Rwanda, M23 and the UNSC

By Jennifer Fierberg   Rwandan President Paul Kagame speaks at the United Nations. The United Nations demonstrated hypocrisy in its decision to grant Rwanda a seat on its Security Council (UNSC) despite the country’s well-documented history of destabilization in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The UN’s actions are antithetical to the stated goals and vision of the UNSC to protect the weak and “take collective action against mass atrocities” by allowing a known aggressor country to sit in its ranks. The UN has collected over 19…

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UN approves DR Congo ‘intervention brigade’

  Security Council unanimously approves first-ever “offensive” brigade to battle rebel groups in DR Congo.         Brigade has been established to serve for one year “on an exceptional basis and without creating a precedent” [EPA] The UN Security Council has unanimously approved the first-ever “offensive” UN peacekeeping brigade to battle rebels groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   The force of more than 2,500 troops will operate under orders to “neutralise” and “disarm” armed groups in the resource-rich east of the huge country, according to the…

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U.N. Security Council allows drones for eastern Congo

 By Michelle Nichols (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council has given a green light for peacekeepers to use surveillance drones in eastern Democratic Republic of Congoafter weeks of delay over concerns of Russia, Chinaand Rwanda about the use of aerial spy equipment. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote to the 15-member council late last month to advise that peacekeepers in Congo planned to use unmanned aerial systems “to enhance situational awareness and to permit timely decision-making” in dealing with a nine-month insurgency by M23 rebels in the mineral-rich east. In a response to Ban, the president…

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How an Ant crushes an Elephant

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW On January 3, 2012 President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 despite his own threat to veto it over exclusions on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. While most Americans will read  this Act for how it affects them, as they should, there is a small portion that has the potential to greatly affect Central Africa. In sec. 1283 there are specifics regarding Joseph Kony and the LRA and sec. 1284 is specific to any supporter of the M23 which is 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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UNSC condemns M23, expressed deep concern by neighbors support of Mutineers

 Security Council Presidential Statement on the situation in eastern DRC 1. The Security Council expresses its deep concern regarding the deteriorating security and humanitarian crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to ongoing military and other destabilizing activities of the 23 March Movement (M23) as well as other armed groups.  2. The Security Council strongly condemns the M23 and all its attacks on the civilian population, United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian actors, as well as its abuses of human rights, including summary executions, sexual and gender based…

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Rwanda joins UN Security Council despite damning Congo report

President Kagame Congolese ambassador declares ‘sad day for Africa’ as Rwanda joins council in spite of accusations it backs DRC rebellion

Rwanda’s election to the UN Security Council on Thursday was branded a major embarrassment in the wake of a UN report claiming that the country is fuelling a violent uprising in a neighbouring country.

Rwanda was unopposed in its bid for a non-permanent African seat on the Security Council – previously held by South Africa.

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