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Rwanda’s packed prisons and genocide ideology law

April 7, 2010

by Ann Garrison

Rwanda’s Gitarama Prison is described on Akorra.com, on March 10, 2010, as one of the “Top 5 Most Horrible Prisons on Earth.” In 2007, Amnesty International reported that Gitarama Prison held 7,477 detainees, though its capacity was 3,000.
“Genocide ideology” became a crime in Rwanda in 2003, the same year President Paul Kagame officially became Rwanda’s president, with that year’s ratification of the new Rwandan Constitution, which includes Article 13:

“The crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes do not have a period of limitation.

“Revisionism, negationism and trivialisation of genocide are punishable by the law.”

Today, 62 percent of the people packed into Rwanda’s prisons have been charged or convicted of genocide-related crimes and some of the country’s most admired leaders are being accused of the “genocide ideology” thought crime. Most prominent are Victoire Ingabire, Kagame’s strongest competitor for the presidency, and Paul Rusesabagina, the hero portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda,” who is charged with “Double Genocide Theory.”

Article 13 criminalizes not only genocidal violence but also disagreement with the received history of the Rwanda Genocide, which has become a major issue in Rwanda’s 2010 presidential election. Many academics, journalists and human rights investigators, the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda and Judge Fernando Andreu of Spain’s National Court now disagree with the received history of who and how many died, who killed whom, who was most responsible and how the tragedy unfolded, but Rwandan citizens who disagree must take care not to do so publicly.

University of Michigan Professor Allan Stam concluded, with University of Notre Dame Professor Christian Davenport, that the vast majority of people who died in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide were Hutus. Stam presented his findings last year at the University of Michigan in a speech entitled “Coming to a New Understanding of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.” Professor Stam’s passport to Rwanda has been revoked, but he remains safe in the United States.

An additional 2008 statute, named the “genocide ideology law,” was passed by Rwanda’s Parliament and published in Kinyarwanda, English and French in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Rwanda.

This enthusiastic article, “Rwanda: New Law to Fight Genocide Ideology,” published in the New Times and then republished on allAfrica.com, says:

“Kigali – Recently, lawmakers voted in a new law aimed to tackle cases of genocide ideology. The draft law was last Friday forwarded to the Senate for scrutiny. Legislators said the law was necessary to help fight the deadly ideology which plunged the country into the 1994 Genocide. The bill is introduced months after damning revelations that showed cases in which school children demonstrated predisposition to the genocide ideology. The Senate had also found rampant genocide ideology in families, schools and some individuals, which sparked the House to react immediately to stop the vice.

“The damning revelations of genocide ideology in schools by the lower chamber of Parliament caused an uproar in the House, which decided to uproot the vice and save the young generation from contamination.

“Under the new law, children under 12 years found guilty will be sent to rehabilitation centres for not more than 12 months.”

This highly critical Oct. 13, 2009, Human Rights Watch report, “You will be punished,” says:

“Largely aimed at the Hutu population, such offenses permit, among other measures, the government to send away children of any age to rehabilitation centers for up to one year – including for the teasing of classmates – and for parents and teachers to face sentences of 15 to 25 years for the child’s conduct. The government has repeatedly accused the Voice of America, the British Broadcasting Corporation and other media outlets, as well as Human Rights Watch, of promoting genocide ideology; accusations these organizations deny.”

Rwanda’s rate of incarceration, which is the third highest per capita in the world, is second only to that of the United States and Russia, according to the King’s College 2009 World Prison Population List. The report includes a brief with a summary chart saying that Rwandan prisons hold 59,311 people, 593 per 100,000 people in Rwanda’s population, and that roughly 37,000 of these are “awaiting trial or serving sentences for crimes associated with the genocide of 1994.” (Gitarama Prison, pictured above, is described on Akorra.com, on March 10, 2010, as one of the “Top 5 Most Horrible Prisons on Earth.”)

Didas Gasana, editor of Umuseso, Rwanda’s independent Kinyarwanda language newspaper, made inquiries as to how many of the 62 percent of Rwandan prisoners incarcerated for “genocide related crimes” are accused of speech crime – disputing the received history of the Rwanda Genocide – but said that this statistic is not available and that his sources are “tight lipped.”

Gasana’s own prison sentence, for publishing a story on an elected official’s affair with a bureaucrat, is now on appeal and is being protested by Reporters without Borders.

Rwanda accuses Hotel Rwanda hero of ‘Double Genocide Theory’

Rwanda’s government has accused Paul Rusesabagina, the Rwandan exile played by actor Don Cheadle in the movie “Hotel Rwanda,” of being a “revisionist” who “harbors the Double Genocide Theory.”

Paul Rusesabagina’s autobiography, “An Ordinary Man,” became the movie, “Hotel Rwanda.” He is acclaimed worldwide as a hero for saving 1,268 people during the 1994 genocide. – Photo: Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation
A “revisionist” in Rwanda is someone who dares to challenge the received history of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. The “Double Genocide Theory” is the belief that Hutus as well as Tutsis were victims of genocidal violence in 1994.

The Rwanda New Times reported on March 12 that the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda had ruled that Paul Rusesabagina’s testimony was “not an absolute necessity” at the trial of former ruling party official Joseph Nzirorera.

The New Times also reported: “Deogene Bideri, a senior official at the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), equated Rusesabagina’s actions to those of the accused. ‘Rusesabagina’s actions have made it clear that he is a revisionist and he harbors the Double Genocide Ideology.’

The report continues: “Theodore Simburudari, the president of Ibuka, an umbrella organization of Genocide survivors’ associations, said that for Nzirorera to ask Rusesabagina to be his witness is evidence in itself that both men have in their agenda spreading the Double Genocide Ideology.”

Much of the world’s emotional response to the 1994 Rwanda Genocide has been shaped by the Hollywood movie “Hotel Rwanda.“ At its end, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) Army, led by Gen. Paul Kagame, appear as heroes to end the bloodshed, as the movie’s hero, Paul Rusesabagina, departs from a Rwandan refugee camp with his family.

The movie makes no mention of the many political and legal scholars, journalists and human rights investigators contesting the received history of the genocide, including University of Notre Dame Professor Christian Davenport and University of Michigan Professor Alan Stam, who, after many years of study, interviews with survivors and statistical analysis, concluded that :

  • a million people died,
  • the vast majority of those who died were not Tutsi, but Hutu,
  • American, French and Belgian leaders, including Bill Clinton and the CIA, knew what was happening every day as the massacres continued and
  • current Rwandan President Paul Kagame, a U.S. ally trained at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is guilty of war crimes of an extraordinary scale.

Professors Stam and Davenport’s Rwandan visas have been revoked.

Nor does the movie mention Kagame’s training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the Pentagon arming his Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) army, or the victory of the U.S., U.K. and Anglophone interests over those of France, won by the RPF, as described by Professor Michel Chussodovsky in his Global Research report “Rwanda: Installing a U.S. Protectorate in Central Africa.”

Indeed, the movie ends with this message: “The genocide ended in July 1994, when the Tutsi rebels [Kagame’s RPF militia] drove the Hutu army and the interahamwe militia across the border into the Congo. They left behind almost a million corpses.”

It might therefore seem like good public relations for Kagame and his ruling RPF Party to remain on good terms, at least publicly, with Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero of “Hotel Rwanda,” which is based on his autobiography, “An Ordinary Man.”

Instead, they have accused him of “revisionism” and “harboring the Double Genocide Theory.”

Kagame and the RPF are coming under more and more international pressure to hold a real presidential election this year, as reported by the London Independent on March 15 in “Rwanda’s Democratic Credentials Under Fire.”

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Campaign to Protect Journalists, the Global Greens, the European Green Free Alliance, the African Faith and Social Justice Network and U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Africa, have all called for civil and political rights and a free and fair election, but authorities continue to deny two of the three major opposition parties permits to convene, register or field candidates.

On March 12, the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation joined the list, issuing a press release that “condemns election related violence in Rwanda and calls for real democratic activity to be allowed.”

Authorities nevertheless continue to threaten the FDU-Inkingi Party’s candidate, Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza, and the Parti Social-Imberakuri’s embattled leader, Bernard Ntaganda, with incarceration for the same offenses that Kagame’s government accuses Paul Rusesabagina of: “revisionism” and the “Double Genocide Theory.”

Both are speech crimes under the Rwandan Constitution ratified in 2003 and Rwanda’s “genocide ideology” statutes passed in 2008.

San Francisco writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Digital Journal, Examiner.com, OpEdNews, Global Research, Colored Opinions and her Youtube Channel. This story first appeared on Colored Opinions. She can be reached at anniegarrison@gmail.com.

Meet Paul Rusesabagina, Foundation President and inspiration for the film Hotel Rwanda from Paul Rusesabagina on Vimeo.

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90 thoughts on “Rwanda’s packed prisons and genocide ideology law

  1. JNepo

    @ Sarah:

    Do you exopect anybody to believe in your lie propaganda and heinous utterences?

    Did you forget that such a culture of lie that is so embeded in you and your likes has already been revealed to the whole world before?

    It is rather you who deserves that so-called "good rape" you described above. Indeed, that would be a good retribution for your hatred against my people and for for so many innocent lives lost at your boss hands in Rwanda and in DRC, crimes against humanity he will surely have to pay for in the near future.

    As John pointed out above, pLease be reminded that the ruthless Killing Methods of the Interahamwe were learned from the RPF Inkotanyi. Such kiling methods include but are not limmitted to:

    (from an eye witness who is ready than ever before to testify against your boss, Paul Kagame in court).

    On the RPF side, the killings began on Oct 4, 1990, 2 days after the death of Fred Rwigyema, their leader, on October 2, 1990.

    1. Tying up the legs, then binding both arms in the back while pulling and applying pressure until the chest bones crack up, then kneeling the victim and striking them in the head with a used up hoe. After the victim collapses, smashing the head in both temples, splitting up the head like a clod.

    2. Tying up the victim as described above, then stabbing them in the ribs repeatedly with knives, or stepping on the victim's belly while bayoneting them.

    3. Tying up the victim, then fitting their head with a plastic bag closed up around the neck, leaving the victim to die from suffocation.

    4. Tying up a person, drawing gasoline into a syringe, then squirting the fuel into both of the victim's ears, and leveling a hard smack simultaneously on both ears. The victim will fall into an agonizing spell of dizziness, before dying.

    5. Making a running noose around somebody's neck with a rope, then dragging the victim until the noose tightens and death ensues.

    6. Tying up together both arms and legs real tight, then hanging the victim upside down on a horizontal beam until blood oozes out of the mouth, ears, and nose, and death ensues.

    7. If there was critical information to wrest away from the victims, they were downright tortured. They were needled on their genitals, jabbed all over with sharp objects, and pinned under dripping fireballs from a burning plastic object until they begged for death. There were times when siblings, or a husband and a wife, or a mother and a son, were forced to have sexual intercourse out there in the open before being killed, etc.

    8. Often times for those who were killed by gunfire or grenades, it was when lack of time didn't allow for a slow death. Other times, girls who had just been raped by RPF soldiers were the lucky ones to be killed with bullets, supposedly to ward off any bad luck from these girls that might cause the rapist soldiers to die on the battlefield. And yet, this crime was not tolerated at all even though it was committed in many areas. If you were found to have committed this crime, you were punished severely. If by a remote chance the rape victims were spared, they walked away thinking rape was part of an accepted culture within the RPF organization, because they had no way to know that the offenders had been punished. Another crime that was severely punished, was raping women then brutally shoving up knives or sticks deep inside the women's private parts, causing them to bleed to death.

    9. In a particularly unique show of ruthlessness, in order not to waste time, RPF soldiers would hold children victims by the legs and swing them against a wall or a tree, smashing their heads and killing them instantly.

    10. I have no personal knowledge of any place, nor have I been told or heard of any, other than from the Rwandan national radio and the RTLM radio, where an RPF soldier ever disemboweled any pregnant woman, killing her and the child… If it happened, I am not aware of it. I do know, however, that in killing such pregnant women, RPF soldiers kicked them in the belly and ribs with knees, and then fitted their heads with a plastic bag to asphyxiate them. RPF soldiers firmly upheld a dubious theory, whose exact origin is uncertain, that a pregnant woman will not die from a blow to the head with a used up hoe, or will take much too long to die.

    (http://hungryoftruth.blogspot.com/2009/01/testimony-of-abdul-ruzibiza.html)

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  2. JNepo

    @ Claudine Mukeshimana

    The above comment was intended to you and your likes in response to your heinous utterences….

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  3. hemedi

    @cash !

    ehhhh, look who’s poppin out !!! why didn’t it apply on ‘kagame know more english’or’its over guys’ if you are claiming that yr spelling abilities were that much perfect! by the way,i’m shocked !! i thought you were going to bost of yr personel advantage over me in ‘maths,ecos,phyisics,..’instead of comparing me with the head of state !!! hey look english is just a language, that’s all !! Did anybody from’ paris,geneva,brussels, frankfurt or tokyo’tell you that he’s not sleeping becouse he doesn’t know a single word in english!? were you dozing on yr keyboard when you wrote this or what!!? infact,you should’t worry much about that.you should now be asking yourself why you are still behind the president curently ranked 4th among leaders inficting terror on their own peaple especially!! Another think to advise you my dear,i think it would be wise enough if you reduced this funny comfort’sort of affiliation’ you seem to be enjoying from the word ‘genocide’ it’s not something to abuse verbally!! as for you tricks and politics of confusing rwandans lying about violance from politisians,that one you’ve lost it !! i assure you/no one is following RPF’s footsteps and bring more walls,hatreds and killings in the presious sweet county ‘rwanda’we LOVE it.two of the many missing things we are bringing back home is democracy,and extradition of our current president to ICC,uh.. we can’t wait !! he’s surely costing us more peaple also polarising rwandans and congolese,we are tired of dead pleaple.

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  4. Claudine Mukeshimana

    @ Sarah

    I agree with you completely and your views are good.
    I only want to make a correction on one issue.The RPF could have shot at the Hutus simply because the Hutus were hiding the militias-remember it was a civilian killing another civilian-neighbour to neighbour.What happened is that when they realised that they had been defeated they now removed that Kitenge uniform they used to put on the road blocks and mixed themselves with the civilians who were heading into Congo.But this didnt stop them from killing wherever they passed,the RPF got no help from the Hutu civilians to help them identify the killers not to mention the shield they were provided for by the French soldiers “zONE TURQUOISE” ETC.This led to some RPF soldiers to loose temper especially some young Tusti men who had managed to run away at the begining of that terror mood and joined RPF in the hope of saving their families.These young men are the ones who went out of control when they reached home and they found only dead bodies which is natural.But these acted independly -and they have since been punished.So this thing of comparing RPF to Hutu Interahamwe is all baseless and scum.

    As for Ann Garrison, she deserves one good rape of a hutu extrimists using a sharp spear then she will understand what a Hutu extrimist is made of.

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  5. F. LeFever

    I am always suspicious of people who produce more heat than light. I do not know whether they are acting on some ulterior motive, or are people not accustomed to civilized discourse to begin with and the heat of what may be honest emotions overwhelms their ability to address questions of fact so terribly that they can only lash out with threats and insults.

    Ann has presented a lot of sources for examining relevant facts. I would have more confidence in the future of Rwanda if Ann’s “critics” (witch-burners) were to examine these sources and analyze them intelligently.

    The studies cited may be flawed and the data or inferences from the data may be wrong, but to ignore or reject them simply because they lead to conclusions that contradict the “official” line identify Ann’s critics as people not worthy of serious attention or respect. For example, is there even one of her critics who is capable of reading and understanding this: http://web.mac.com/christiandavenport/iWeb/Site%207/GenoDynamics.html

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  6. KANAMUGIRE

    @Juna Sina, edmound and others like you I want to let you know that FPR started killing when they attacked Byumba in 1990s. I remember I was still in primary school when my pregnant aunt was sliced in her both armpits that she was carrying a hutu. we all saw how brutally she was killed. then came when we were in camps in Goma. more than 200,000 refugees were killed btn July and November 1994 because of the poisons that Congolese had put in water and food that were available to hutu refugees. I remember I lost 10 people in that incident. then came the attack of hutu refugee camps in 1996 by RPF you remember that you started killing from day one. I remember seeing a USA soldier in military fatigue calling us to go back to Rwanda saying that RPF is allover we had no way out exceot going back to Rwanda to be butchered. my parents went back but I continued into the forest of Ituli. my family never made it to Ruhengeri leave alone Byumba. RPF continued to shell at us from Sake, Walikale, Tingi tingi, Ubundu, okello, Mbandaka, until we crossed over to Brazaville. I witnessed the people RPF killed in tingi tingi more than 200,000 lost their lives there.

    Lets go back to Rwanda in Ruhengeri and Gitarama in July 1997. the people of Nyakinama and Mukingo and Kinigi fled into Musanze caves where the RPF cemented all the openings so that people could die inside the caves from starvation. More than 200,000 of this region were killed by the RPF between 1997 and 1998. Annie if you do not believe what I am saying you send people in Nkuli,Mukingo, Nyakinama, Nyamutera, Rambura, Jenda, Kora, BIgogwe, Gisenyi, Kinigi, Nkumba and see if you can find anyone of 30 years and above who is still alive. only kids who were like 5 by then who head their households now. the rest were killed or taken to unknown places.

    So this useless people who think that Hutus do not deserve justice just only Tutsis because they are the favorites of USA,UK,Canada they should wait one day our justice will come and all our people killed will receive justice it doesnt matter how long it takes

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  7. John

    @ Claudine Mukeshimana: Did you know that things interahamwe did, copied them from RPF inkotanyi? As a matter of fact interahamwe were infiltrated by inkotanyi. Which means that Tutsis killed other Tutsis and raped women so that they can blame all the killings on Hutus and demonize them. For example Kajuga Robert, the chief interahamwe was a Tutsi and probably Kagame’s agent. The rape of women and many methods of killing practiced today in the great lakes region are an invention of Tutsi extremists of RPF, first practiced in Uganda, then in Rwanda, and later on in Congo. One congolese said that, before Tutsis of RPF invaded the Congo, there was never any mention of rape. It all started when Kagame crossed over. I thank God for the year 2010. It is the year that will be remembered in History as the year that RPF was uncovered, the year when a wolf dressed as a sheep finally showed it’s true nature. When you say that Annie deserves to be raped with a sharp spear, one can tell that if you get your hands on her that you would do it. One can tell that your heart is full of evil thoughts, yet you claim not to be compared to Interahamwe. If you ask me, you Tutsi extremists are worse than Interahamwe. The fact that you succeeded in manipulating the international community which thinks of Tutsis as innocent victims does not make that necessarily true. I went to school with Tutsi extremists some of whom ended up joining the RPF, you guys are evil. Yes, I said that. Call me a genocide denier if you wish. Your comments above speak for themselves.

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  8. Champ

    The RPF and Kagame are well skilled in torture technique. What Claudine Mukeshimana above is wishing for Ann is exactly what RPF/Kagame’s soldiers did to Congolese women. There is something seriously about the RPF and their soldiers. However, the day will come when a free and fair election will get them out of office similar to what happened to South Africa apartheid government.

    No one should ever minimize the pain ans suffering subjected to both Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda. All who committed these crimes should and will be punished. It is amazing that today the RPF is jailing a sole genocide survivor in his family, Deo Mushayidi under “genocide ideology” charges of all things.

    The RPF is so affraid of any oposition that they rush to jail or exile anyone who disagrees with them including Nyamwasa and Sebarenzi. Rwanda will be free from the current ruling elite who are hell bent on oppressing poor Rwandans. In case you had heard, remember you heard it here first.

    They accuse Ingabire of associating with genocidaires while one of their government minister for the better part of the last 16 years was the ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF for the EX FAR. That person is General Marcel Gatsinzi who led the EX FAR’s DURING the genocide. The hipocrisy is appaling. Also, the role of P kagame and his RPA is becoming clearer and clearer as time goes.

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  9. Champ

    I meant to say that there is something seriously SICK about the RPF and their soldiers in post #58. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if Claudine Mukeshimana is an RPF soldier who has practiced or seen this torture technique practiced on Rwandans and Congolese by P Kagame’s soldiers.

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  10. Rugamba Rukabu

    Dear All:

    Do you want to have an idea about ‘genocide ideology’?

    - If someone says that Hutus killed Tutsis, this is not genocide ideology, but if you say that Tutsis killed Hutus, this is a genocide ideology;

    - if you say that the Rwandan army is predominantly Tutsi, this is a genocide ideology, but if you say that the big majority of the former army was Hutu, this not a genocide ideology;

    - if you say that in 1994, Tutsis were killed because they were Tutsis, this is not a genocide ideology, but if you dare say that Hutus were killed because they were Hutus, this a genocide ideology;

    - if you sit in a pub or bar and loudly say that Hutus are bastard, this is not a genocide ideology, but if you dare say to the colleague next to you and someone hears you saying “Tutsis are bastard” immediately you are arrested for genocide ideology.

    Briefly, any words relating to the brutality, ruthlessness, savageness, cruelty, hatred of Hutu towards Tutsi is accepted like a pure truth, any aspect indicating that Hutus mistreated Tutsis during their reign is encouraged, whereas any words or conduct that show any wrong-doing by the Tutsi community to Hutus is interpreted like a genocide ideology.

    So if you do not want to be accused of genocide ideology,simply put in your head that Hutus are oppressors, Tutsis are victims, Hutu are evils, Tutsi are angels otherwise the contrary is considered as ‘genocide ideology’.

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  11. hemedi

    why would tutsis ‘as small minolity as they are in rwanda’ think of exporting the remaing wars and violance in DRC where they only contribute 0.09% of the entire DRC population !!! was that kind of next step to search for more hatred in the region “this time from congolese”!? before they even reconcile with hutus as kagame claims of the later being acheived!! was kagame in his full senses when he appoined kabarebe ‘now rwandan defence minister’ as chef commanda of congolese army,being same time rwandan!!ah .. even americans would not do this in irak or anywhre else guys! these guys should stop their funny desires of aquiring more and bigger things than they can handle’especially when they do it violently !!!they have put an insult to the entire rwandan community.. they shouldn’t use violance to get on power every where ;in uganda, burundi,rwanda and carry on to do it in congo 95time the size of rwanda, this would bring an endless conflict in the region!! OR still if they see nothing wrong with it, they should prepare to fight congolese back by the time they will also gain power and capacity to launch their revenge on rwanda. that war will only be fought by kagame kabarebe and some other blind followers of the RPF no one will be ready to pay for what he did not steal from congo !

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  12. Aimable

    @ Claudine Mukeshimana,
    The hatred in your words when you wish that Annie should be raped simply shows how your mind thinks. If someone has an opinion that is different from yours, you hate them so much to the extent that you would wish rape upon them. It is this type of self-righteous extremism that leads to mass murders. You really need to learn to respect other people’s opinions. That is how decent people live peacefully with each other in the peaceful countries.

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  13. John

    @ Claudine Mukeshimana,

    So, that is how you guys raped Hutu and Congolese women???? With sharp spears???

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  14. cash

    @Hemedi, I will tell you what I also told Ann.
    Thank you for confirming my earlier interpretation of your myopic understanding of Rwandan issues. Equating genocide to an imperial contest? you continue to amaze me with your level of ignorance.
    Why don’t you and your bunch of negative commentators take a few seconds to reflect on where Rwanda has come from (NEVER BEFORE in its history has Rwanda ever registered such economic growth rates, FDI growth, all MDG’s are on track to be achieved by 2015 , 100% food security etc…) We have all witnessed a complete turn-around in Rwanda in a space of only 16 years.
    Rwanda is progressing whether you like it or not, so just keep blogging and blogging till kingdom come!! The Rwandan people have since moved on.

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  15. Claudine Mukeshimana

    @John,
    When you say that the what Interahamwe did copied them from RPF.? Did they copy the contents of Kangura from RPF? we all know what kajuga repesented, he grew up in the middle of Hutu extrimists yet he was Tutsi, so he had to buy himself by following into their footsteps.He was a simple pupet, but who to some extent cant be fully be blamed,the Hutus would have slaughtered him if he didnt join them into exterminating the Tutsi race.
    @John again ,how can i tell that you Hutus dont carry the same anger against me? i dont have to doubt it because it happened to me.I know that the Hutu extrimsts-mark my word extrimists only are inhuman.Some of you here especially Ann Garrison are discussing from what you read from books, news etc but i speak from experience. May if Ann experience would teach people like Ann a lesson-she needs to experience it.Experience teaches even the dull.
    The Hutus raped, hacked to death Tustis live on camera.
    Let someone produce live proof of RPF doing what the interahamwe did to us ?? The whole world knows that The RPF are the most discilpined army in Africa.Thy are expales even in Darfur-the other army envy them .

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  16. Claudine Mukeshimana

    @Aimable.
    I have no hatred for any innocent person,what i have is hatred for someone who supports a person who raped women with sharpened sorghum sticks.And iam a descent person or perhaps i was until your brothers -Hutu extrimists met me in april 1994.
    Its not a question of having a different opinion-people have diffrent opinions evry where in the world-the Republicans still Obama’s opinions up to now.I

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  17. Claudine Mukeshimana

    @ Aimable -continuation.

    Its a question of someone denying what is true,just because they are biased.Thats exactly what Ann repersents here-biased woman.so unless she experiences it i dont see any other way of making her understand

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  18. Jeremie Musonera

    @ Mukeshimana Claudine

    You need to see a psychiatrist because what you are saying here shows that you are mentaly unbalanced.Something is wrong with you. Do you know Aimable ? You dare to call him extremist hutu because he puts you in front of your inner disorders? You a man call yourself a woman( Claudine isn`t your name ),then you utter nonsense and evil wishes to Ann,and then you call whoever doesn`t agree with an extremist hutu. Come on ? Are you normal ?Your background must be very dark maybe because of what you did to hutus.

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  19. Claudine Mukeshimana

    @Musonera.
    Dont ever think that there is anything you will do to change the game .It is on camera Hutu extrimists butchering Tutsi babies and women-iam sorry that you musonera and all your clan wil have to live with those ghosts haunting you up to the last day of your life.
    Despite being desparately disappointed by the ghosts you called onto yourselves, you are also a bunch of idiots.How can you be planning on hacking or raping a woman and you go infront of camera.Now proof is written evrywhere-and you are desparatel gasping for air by trying to turn the cards onto RPF.
    O yes, iam seeing a pshchiatrist and so is my sister,my aunt and all victims of your Hutu extrimsits you left behind.Surprisingly is that you are not finished-you want to come back and finish the unfinished.What do you want to do? If you pounded babies in mortars like sombe,what’s next? may cooking them and eating them because you not human beings you people.

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  20. Jeremie Musonera

    @Mukeshimana Claudine

    I don`t like discussing with a fool but it seems to me that you are among those who butchered people in Byumba,Ruhengeri,Kigali-Ngari,Kibeho,etc…and across the border in the forests of RDC…Those ghosts will haunt you forever and that is why you seem to be out of mind.You are just saying what you did. Wapfuye uhagaze wo gacwa we.Uri nka wa mupfu utinukira.

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  21. Champ

    @Claudine Mukeshimana

    Does it make a difference whether a human being was killed or raped in front of cameras? Does it really matter? Does the fact that Kagame is smart enough to kill millions in hiding make him less of a killer than the Hutu extremists? When the RPF Inkotanyi soldiers jammed hot pepper in women’s vagina’s in Congo and cut open pregnant women’s wombs in Rwanda, was that any different than the Interahamwe when they did it on Camera? When the RPF soldiers hacked people to death using hoes in hiding, was that different than those who butchered people with machetters in front of cameras?

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    1. Mascotte

      Just because foreigners did not witness RPF's cruelty you think they will be deemed angels! That cannot be bought by Rwandans, whether Hutu or Tutsi. We know each other, people, lying to US, UK, or UN will end up in a big failure. You better apologize to Rwandans (I mean all criminals, Interahamwe as well as Inkotanyi) because no one will ever forget what you have done to Rwandans. Mukeshimana, when you observe the way Kagame can not tolerate a Hutu's candidacy for the Presidency (this is 16 years the man has been ruling Rwanda), do you think the same Kagame tolerated hutu enemies during the war? When you say cameras did not film your killings, you are totally wrong. Just read books, some written by same killers relate what they have done to Hutus. Have you ever heard about J.P. Mugabe, J. Ruzibiza or D. Kagiraneza's testimonies? Others are to publish soon more incriminating books on Kagame's own role in Killing from Uganda up to RDCongo. They know his role in the death of Burundian Presidents (Ndadaye and Ntaryamira), Rwandan President (Habyarimana) and lately Congolese President Laurent Kabila. Do you know how many innocent people have died following those assassinations? To ease your curiosity, they are EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE in the whole Great Lakes Region. You better get ready to face justice, willingly or by force.

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  22. Jean Nepo

    @Claudine Mukeshimana:

    Do you expect anybody to believe in your lie propaganda and heinous utterences?

    Did you forget that such a culture of lie that is so embeded in you and your likes has already been exposed to the whole world before?

    As John pointed it out above, please be reminded that the ruthless Killing Methods of the Interahamwe were learned from the RPF Inkotanyi.

    According to Abdul Ruzibiza, an eye witness who is ready than ever before to testify against your boss, Paul Kagame in court, on the RPF side, such killings began on Oct 4, 1990, 2 days after the death of Fred Rwigyema, their leader, on October 2, 1990.

    The killing methods include but are not limmitted to:

    “1. Tying up the legs, then binding both arms in the back while pulling and applying pressure until the chest bones crack up, then kneeling the victim and striking them in the head with a used up hoe. After the victim collapses, smashing the head in both temples, splitting up the head like a clod.

    2. Tying up the victim as described above, then stabbing them in the ribs repeatedly with knives, or stepping on the victim’s belly while bayoneting them.

    3. Tying up the victim, then fitting their head with a plastic bag closed up around the neck, leaving the victim to die from suffocation.

    4. Tying up a person, drawing gasoline into a syringe, then squirting the fuel into both of the victim’s ears, and leveling a hard smack simultaneously on both ears. The victim will fall into an agonizing spell of dizziness, before dying.

    5. Making a running noose around somebody’s neck with a rope, then dragging the victim until the noose tightens and death ensues.

    6. Tying up together both arms and legs real tight, then hanging the victim upside down on a horizontal beam until blood oozes out of the mouth, ears, and nose, and death ensues.

    7. If there was critical information to wrest away from the victims, they were downright tortured. They were needled on their genitals, jabbed all over with sharp objects, and pinned under dripping fireballs from a burning plastic object until they begged for death. There were times when siblings, or a husband and a wife, or a mother and a son, were forced to have sexual intercourse out there in the open before being killed, etc.

    8. Often times for those who were killed by gunfire or grenades, it was when lack of time didn’t allow for a slow death. Other times, girls who had just been raped by RPF soldiers were the lucky ones to be killed with bullets, supposedly to ward off any bad luck from these girls that might cause the rapist soldiers to die on the battlefield. And yet, this crime was not tolerated at all even though it was committed in many areas. If you were found to have committed this crime, you were punished severely. If by a remote chance the rape victims were spared, they walked away thinking rape was part of an accepted culture within the RPF organization, because they had no way to know that the offenders had been punished. Another crime that was severely punished, was raping women then brutally shoving up knives or sticks deep inside the women’s private parts, causing them to bleed to death.

    9. In a particularly unique show of ruthlessness, in order not to waste time, RPF soldiers would hold children victims by the legs and swing them against a wall or a tree, smashing their heads and killing them instantly.

    10. I have no personal knowledge of any place, nor have I been told or heard of any, other than from the Rwandan national radio and the RTLM radio, where an RPF soldier ever disemboweled any pregnant woman, killing her and the child… If it happened, I am not aware of it. I do know, however, that in killing such pregnant women, RPF soldiers kicked them in the belly and ribs with knees, and then fitted their heads with a plastic bag to asphyxiate them. RPF soldiers firmly upheld a dubious theory, whose exact origin is uncertain, that a pregnant woman will not die from a blow to the head with a used up hoe, or will take much too long to die”.

    FYI, here is the link to Ruzibiza’s whole testimony:

    (http://hungryoftruth.blogspot.com/2009/01/testimony-of-abdul-ruzibiza.html)

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  23. John

    Annie is one the few westerners who know the true nature of Kagame and his mafia. Her work is noble. She is a hero to many Rwandans. We love and support her. Justice will prevail.

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  24. Jeremie Musonera

    @John

    You`re right ! Ann is absolutely my hero and many rwandans I talk to think the same way.They know about her by just reading her articles and they admire her courage and honesty. God bless you Annie and enjoy the nice weather of Bay Area !

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  25. sam

    @cash
    what a research !!!!!!
    where did you get your fake statistics from!!referering to what you’ve written saying RPF is assuring a 100% n food security by yr 2015, then you should be seriously blind my dear freind ! is there any other african country you know where people are suffering from hunger at same time receiving a heavy assistance from the UK,US,CANADA, and some other EU countries ? dispite all the assistance rwanda gets from these counrties majority of rwndans still leave on 1 meal/day,pple did not live such lifes before the so called RPF staped on power,forcing rwandans to cut off banana plantations at expense o both flowers exported by kagame’s wife in europe and creating farms for cattles belonging to RPA top officials ! if you are among pple who are convinced there have been economic developement on interest of rwandan citizens, then you should go back to yr basics!if kagame buys 2 airplanes and hide them in SA working for his own account, or build 2 estates in kigali out of unfair and unbalance taxes from poor rwandans,this doen’t mean much to rwandans! beside these shoudn’t be attributed to his compentance, all sources of money are known ‘DRC,heavy taxes on rwandan stragling busnesses, and donations from the west which stimulates him to send more rwandans to die in congo’ infact if you are very pround of kagame’s economic revival programs,then you should also tell him to stop using former gouverment public infrastuctures! in bref, he should be now landing his plane somewhere else not gregoire interN airport,or hord his silly speech in parlement or stadia he did not build, just say the truth RPF is bulding what others should have built, there is nothing special! other african counties are also silently building.

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  26. Edmund

    @J Nepo

    You are so evil!!!You must have killed hundreds of people during the Genocide!!You know all the tactics!!Ruzibiza’s testimony by the way no longer holds water.He retracted it!

    You should be ashamed of what you or your brother did in disemboweling expectant mothers.It is the most gruesome way you can kill a woman and even though you try to cover it up,it will not work.

    I have met you on different discussion boards and what you posted up here is not surprising.You are such an extremist,you must be Bagosora’s son in-law.

    RPF is here to stay my Man, never worry!!Tuzarubanamo sha!!Ahubwo nduzi wowe wibera mumahanga!!

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  27. F. LeFever

    Reviewing some comments made before I came to this discussion, and continuing past my own comment to the latest one (by Jeremie), several things strike me. First, there is an understandable bitterness in those who speak mainly from personal experience; unfortunately, they extrapolate from their personal experience to an extent that obscures a comprehensive survey of the wider reality and history. So far, I do not see a reasoned refutation of the evidence that Kagame's team began a series of attacks on Hutus 3 or 4 years before the date that US media (and many others) designate as the "beginning" of genocide in Rwanda.

    A somewhat broader view focuses on Rwanda as a whole (supposedly) and interprets events in terms of internal struggles. People commenting on that level display a regrettable parochialism. As someone who has looked at the role of European and US powers in Africa over the past century or two, it is obvious to me that these outside powers have ALWAYS exploited local conflicts for the benefit of their overall strategy of controlling African resources. Ann is quite right to point out that US grooming of Kagame (his Ft. Leavenworth training) is part of an ongoing contest between France and the US. I find this ESPECIALLY telling: "…The new RPF rulers declared English the language of business, causing enormous stress and dislocation to French-speaking Rwandan professionals…"http://www.fogcityjournal.com/wordpress/2010/04/r
    [What the US must contend with now is a very determined Chinese entry into this high-stakes game.]

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  28. F. LeFever

    I am also struck by the naivete (disingenuousness?) of those who assert that Kagame will triumph in the election because almost all Rwandans support him and are happy with the direction the nation is taking. Certainly the appeal for "unity" and "forgive/forget the past" will motivate some, as will the infusion of US dollars and/or continuing spoils of war in the Congo. However, Kagame has insured that these attitudes will prevail by closing down the majority-language press and threatening to jail dissident voices (including rival candidates and journalists). One does not know what the electorate would do if fully informed. One also does not know if any but a very tiny part of the electorate can see where these tactics are leading. Alas, I am probably the only one commenting here who is old enough to remember Adolph Hitler. This is not a superficial comparison: the German people welcomed his "benevolent" approach in rescuing German pride and improving their lives during the 1930s. I suppose one could also point to the similarities between the Reichstag fire, the 9-11 attacks, and the well-publicized Hutu killing of Tutsis in the uses to which militarists, demagogues, and authoritarians put them.

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  29. associazioneumoja

    Thank you for speaking out for the spleechless and weak people, the whole world needs to know what goes around in this country which came from being "one thousand hills" country to a "one million dead" country

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  30. power ranger game

    No one denies that innocent Tutsis were killed in 1994, but what good does it do when you deny that Hutus were also killed during and after the awful atrocities. everyone knows this, but they want to play stupid. Respect human value, Hutu or Tutsi.

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