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Victoire Ingabire: Symbol and Sacrifice

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, imprisoned woman leader of the Rwandan political party of the opposition FDU-Inkingi. On December 13th, 2013 she was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment. Her crime: having in 2010 attempted to challenge democratically through elections the Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame.

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, imprisoned woman leader of the Rwandan political party of the opposition FDU-Inkingi. On December 13th, 2013 she was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment. Her crime: having in 2010 attempted to challenge democratically through elections the Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame.

Five years have just passed. It was on October 14th, 2010 when she was first sentenced. Her flame of real peace and reconciliation among Rwandans demands being kept alive.

On January 09th, 2010 I was in Brussels at the farewell event that gathered more than 300 people to see Victoire Ingabire going back to Rwanda. A week later she landed in Kigali.

What she encountered in the hands of the Rwandan Patriotic Front once there has been widely reported and documented by different news outlets and human rights organisations. Continue reading

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Arizona in the picture of massacres, and Fox news, CNN, MSNBC do not report the news

Imagine the entire state of Arizona is massacred, and the press keeps deliberately the news under wrap. Though again hypothetically that state might have in its soil unknown reserves of minerals very indispensable for US and other developed countries’ industries of automobile, aerospace, and technology, its people don’t seem to have much worth in comparison to what can be extracted from the land they live on.

American journalist, Jennifer Fierberg, whose work focuses on the Great Lakes region of Africa, invites US public to imagine what it would feel like if the Congolese tragedy was close to home.  I reproduce here one of her articles which first appeared on Salem-News site.

One has to wonder if the international community had asked the people of the Congo permission to mine their minerals without displacing, murdering and raping them what would their answer had been. Continue reading

ICC’s credibility hangs on indicting Paul Kagame

The Rome Statute which created the International Criminal Court entered into force on 1 July 2002 after ratification by 60 countries. The Court was established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.  Continue reading

Former president Laurent-Desire Kabila and ongoing instability in DRC

The following is an extract from a UN Report of the Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, submitted to the Security Council on 12 April 2001 by the Secretary General Kofi A. Annan. The reference points at some significant responsibility of the late president in the ineffective and inappropriate ways of handling Congolese mineral resources, of which consequences have found hard to fade away. Continue reading

Dictatorships in Uganda and Rwanda: root cause of Eastern Congo crisis

The ongoing crisis in Eastern Congo has been raising countless discussions on possible solutions in different circles.

We have witnessed donors cutting or delaying their aid to Rwanda.

This was after UN experts found the country guilty of strongly supporting M23, the Congolese rebel group responsible of the current humanitarian crisis created in the region since the fighting started in April of this year. Continue reading