Continuous inhuman treatment of Rwandan political prisoners

In a recent interview to The Chronicles, Senator Tito Rutaremara, one of the founders of the political regime in power in Rwanda since 1994 stressed to the journalist interviewing him that their Rwandan Patriotic Front [RPF] had developed, “The structures [that] will remain for more than 200 years, but we will never create a president who will remain for 200 years. We are not God.”

Unfortunately, among these many implicitly pointed at structures that the senator mentioned, there are continuous inhuman mistreatments of Rwandan political prisoners, such as the most recent case that the leader of PS Imberakuri, Me Bernard Ntaganda, was victim of. Let’s not forget the plight of other political prisoners including Victoire Ingabire, Deo Mushayigi, Charles Ntakirutimana, and hundreds more.

Please read below, as reported by PS-Imberakuri party, the full details of how the political leader currently imprisoned in Rwanda since June 2010 was treated by prison’s supervisors, certainly at the request of RPF structures, with the purpose of breaking the prisoner’s resistance to the political system that senator Rutaremara referred to.  

Press Release No P.S.IMB/012

Reliable sources from the Administration of the High Security Prison of Kigali (1930) inform us that the leaders of P.S. Imberakuri incarcerated there continue to be subjected to persecution and physical inhuman treatment from the security organ operatives. These leaders include Me. Bernard Ntaganda, President of the party, Mr. Eric Nshimyumuremyi, President of the party in the District of Kicukiro and Mr. Donatien Mukeshimana, in Charge of Protocol and Security.

The latest inhuman treatment act occurred on Saturday, February 18, 2012 when, Mrs. Mary Gahonzayire, Deputy Commissioner General with Rwanda Correctional Services and Superintendent Mutezintare Bertin, in charge of police in the District of Nyarugenge, came early morning to the prison and ordered the inmates cited above to get out of their respective cells.

After ordering them out during a heavy rain at that time, the two officers called in a score of police officers and other prison employees to enter the vacated cells and threw out all these inmates’ properties into the rain including their trial files, bedding  and cleanliness items. It was after 4 hours into the rain (from 7:00 am to 10:00 am) that these P.S. Imberakuri leaders were allowed to get back inside.

These inhuman treatment acts are occurring when Me. Bernard Ntaganda was being ready to stand for his trial in appeal scheduled on Mars 5, 2012. There is no doubt that throwing in the rain his files to be used in this upcoming trial was a deliberate act aimed to destroy the evidences he has to submit to the court for his defence.

Another area of concern is that since that day, the respective families have been denied access to their loved ones for daily meal deliveries, therefore worsening our party leaders’ well-being conditions. Also, we recall that since Mr. Eric Nshimyumuremyi suffered gun wounds from police on September 15, 2011, he has not been allowed to get medical treatment and the bullet that hit him still lodged in his chest.

The P.S. Imberakuri party once again calls on every person of goodwill especially the human rights organizations to continue to raise the voice to denounce the ill treatments to the prisoners especially those incarcerated for their political opinions.

Done in Kigali, February 20, 2012

Bakunzibake Alexis (Signed)
First Vice President, P.S. Imberakuri


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