RWANDA: POLITICAL PRISONER INGABIRE SUPREME COURT APPEAL SUBMISSION

APRIL 18, 2013  Kigali  April 17 2013 Mrs Ingabire appeals to the Supreme Court to quash the sentence passed by the High Court because it was based on matters that were not brought before the court by the Prosecution.  On Wednesday 17th April 2013 Mrs Ingabire Umuhoza, made submission to the Supreme Court, asking the Supreme Court to quash the sentence passed on her by the High court because the latter had cleared her of the charges brought before it but strangely based its sentence on matters that did not…

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Victoire Ingabire spends her third Christmas behind bars

 Report by Ann Garrison of San Franciso Bay View Transcript: KPFA Evening News, broadcast Dec. 25, 2012 KPFA Evening News Anchor Anthony Fest: And this is KPFA, 94.1 Berkeley, KPFA, 89.3 Berkeley and KFCF, 88.1 Fresno, Pacifica Radio for Northern and Central California. This program is the Evening News. I’m Anthony Fest. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Rwandan American Charles Kambanda, a law professor at St. John’s University, about the significance of the Ingabire case not only in Rwanda but also in the country’s war ravaged neighbor, the Democratic Republic…

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Rwandan Youth and political commitment

 On the 10th of November Alice Muhirwa, a young Rwandan lady, was awarded the annual prize of Jeunesse engagée (Committed Youth). This prize was given by the Canadian section of the International Network of Women for Democracy and Peace (RifDP) and is distributed to young people who, through their actions and commitment, have contributed greatly to peace and democracy. This year the theme was ‘let us be masters of our own destiny’ and it’s within the annual activity around commitment that Alice Muhirwa was chosen for the prize. Alice Muhirwa…

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Has torture ever been a secret in Rwanda?

 By: Jennifer Fierberg Another damming report has been released about Rwanda. Amnesty International published a report on October 8, 2012 condemning the “unlawful detention and torture by military intelligence” and urging Rwanda to investigate such findings.  The report “Shrouded in Secrecy” is based on seven research visits to Rwanda between September 2010 and June 2012.  Amnesty International conducted over 70 interviews for this report including with individuals previously detained by the military, family members of people disappeared and lawyers. This report explains in great detail how “Between March 2010 and…

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Rwanda: 3 opponents in prison, nominated for the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament 2012

Three opponents of the RPF regime currently in power in Rwanda were nominated this Thursday, September 13, 2012 by 42 MEPs for the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2012 of the European Parliament. Umuhoza Victoire Ingabire, Bernard Ntaganda and Deogratias Mushyayidi, all three are currently imprisoned in Kigali and should know the result around 10 December. Created in 1988, this award is given annually to individuals or collectives who “are trying to defend human rights and fundamental freedoms  . ” This award will be given around 10 December,…

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RWANDA: URGENT APPEAL TO STOP INTIMIDATION OF DEFENSE WITNESSES IN INGABIRE POLITICAL TRIAL

Press Release: Call to action from the International Community and Friends of Rwanda Defense witness Colonel Michel Habimana who revealed yesterday that the terror case against the opposition leader Ingabire was trumped up by intelligence services in order to stifle her political ambitions, is under heavy intimidation and threats in order to change his story. The State machinery has embarked on an outrageous mission to “flip” or destroy the defense witnesses. Today, the witness narrated to the high court his ordeal after yesterday open court testimony and asked for protection…

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