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Rwanda: Cover-Up Negates Killings – Officials Threaten Victims’ Families

– A report published on October 13, 2017 by Rwanda’s National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) attempting to discredit Human Rights Watch documentation of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances is full of falsehoods, compounding the injustice and abuse suffered by the victims’ families, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has found that Rwandan government officials threatened and coerced victims’ family members to present false information about what happened to their loved ones. Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned about the family members’ safety. The NCHR report purported to “know the truth” about a Human Rights Watch report...

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“We Will Force You to Confess”

They came into my cell, took my handcuffs off and covered my eyes. Then they walked me out and into the bush on a path I did not know. They put me on my knees, tied a shirt around my arms and said, “Now it is too late for you.” They took out a plastic bag and put it over my head so I could not breathe. As I was running out of air, they said, “Do you have something else to say?” I accepted [everything they told me to accept] because I was going to die. Then they...

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2017 Rwandan Human Rights Awards

The Rwandan Human Rights Awards recognises and celebrates the extraordinary contributions of individuals, organisations and businesses to the field of Rwandan related human rights each year. Every year some truly amazing people fight to protect, rights, justice and freedoms of Rwandans. Challenging dictatorship and injustice and fighting for the rights of Rwandans living in Rwanda and abroad. Their work is more vital than ever and yet they often unrecognised. The Rwandan Human Rights Awards give us a unique opportunity to share their stories and shine a light on their remarkable work and to celebrate the hard-work, inspiration and dedication...

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