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Rwanda should stop fueling conflicts in Congo.

Global Campaign for Human Rights is very concern about the new UN report accusing Rwanda Government to continue to violate arms embargo by providing direct military support to the M23 rebels, facilitating recruitment, encouraging and facilitating desertions from the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and providing arms, ammunition, intelligence and political advice. Global Campaign for Human Rights strongly condemn these actions by Rwanda government because not only they fuel conflicts which lead to unbelievable sufferance of innocent Congolese people, they also have the potentiality of causing insecurity in Rwanda and harm freedom of movement as...

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Crackdowns of journalists in Rwanda should stop.

Global Campaign for Human Rights strongly condemns the sentencing of the journalist Stanley Gatera of Umusingi. This case seriously damages the prospect of a free media and free expression in Rwanda. 12 November 2012; Gasabo Intermediate Court on sentenced 22 years old Mr Gatera to a one-year jail term and fines of 30,000 Rwandan francs for inciting divisionism and gender discrimination in an opinion column he published in Umusingi in June. According to the prosecutor the article written by Mr Gatera breach the laws about referring to ethnic identities. Our analysis of that article found that it reflects the...

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Rwanda should give opponents space not imprisonment.

Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights condemns today's High Court verdict against Victoire Ingabire, leader of opposition party. Our research indicate that the charges for which she was sentenced are fundamentally politically motivated. The verdict gives her eight years of jail for treason and denying genocide. Since her arrest on 14th October 2010, her trial has demonstrated a lack of respect for basic judicial procedures and international judicial principles. Prior to her arrest, there were already signs of government attempt to influence the judiciary. This occurred when government officials including president Paul Kagame, ministers of interior, foreign affairs and...

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Rwanda should end unlawful detention and torture immediately.

Global Campaign for Rwandans’ Human Rights is greatly concerned and seriously disappointed by the Rwandan government's treatment of its citizens. Amnesty international gathered evidences about Rwanda's current practices of "unlawful detention, torture and other forms of ill-treatment and enforced disappearances, as well as systematic practices of coercing prisoners." 18 years after Rwanda experienced a horrible genocide and horrendous crimes against humanity, its government should be at the forefront in respecting the rule of law and international principles instead of actively violating most of fundamental human rights. Rwanda past experiences should have strengthened their human rights' values and developed a...

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Foreign courts should take with a pinch of salt Rwandan prosecutor’s criminal evidence.

In the wake of the Amnesty international new reports on Rwanda about evidence gathered of "unlawful detention, torture and other forms of ill-treatment and enforced disappearances, as well as systematic practices of coercing prisoners to confess," the international justice system which has received or is currently receiving incriminating evidence from the Rwandan government about national suspects living in different countries, should seriously evaluate if the material presented in their cases have not been obtained under duress or torture. Global Campaign for Rwandans' Human Rights understands that investigating methods used to obtain prosecuting witness evidences by the Rwandan government's prosecutors...

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