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Call press and human rights defenders if Frank Habineza is arrested

April 25, 2010

by Ann Garrison

Frank Habineza
Please call Human Rights Watch if Rwanda Greens leader Frank Habineza is arrested on his way home from Holland to Kigali, Rwanda, on April 25 and 26. Call even though Rwanda gave Human Rights Watch 24 hours to get out of the country on Friday, on April 23.

He should arrive in Kigali at 12:55 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

Habineza was elected president of the African Greens Federation at their convention on April 18, but three officers within his own party turned on him five days later, so he has begun traveling home early, from Afrikaday, where he gave a speech about democracy in Rwanda, to address their allegations and reorganize with other Rwanda Greens. Frank, his wife Edith, his sons Godwin and Victor, and supporters fear that Rwandan security may arrest him at an airport as he tries to pass through customs in the next phase of harassment and repression in the run up to this year’s Rwandan presidential election.

Rwanda arrested presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza on Wednesday, April 21, at her home in Kigali, and her Rwandan support team thank pressure from the international community for her surprise release on bail the next day.

Habineza said that he will call friends when leaving Amsterdam, and he’s been urged to start posting updates to Facebook and to Twitter as he passes from one stage of his journey to another, from airports in Amsterdam, Nairobi and Kigali to his home.

Emergency alerts are one of the best uses of Twitter, social media’s short form.

Supporters of peace and social justice in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa should be ready, should Frank be arrested, to post the news and call for his release on social media like Facebook and Twitter and to contact press, Amnesty International, at http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact, and Human Rights Watch, at http://www.hrw.org/en/contact-us.

Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza’s team is asking the international community to sustain the pressure that resulted in her release from jail on April 22.

Bernard Ntaganda, presidential candidate of Rwanda’s Parti Social-Imberakuri, feels that his arrest in Kigali is imminent and asks that the international community prepare to call for his release as well.

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

by Ann Garrison

Please call Human Rights Watch if Rwanda Greens leader Frank Habineza is arrested on his way home from Holland to Kigali, Rwanda, on April 25 and 26. Call even though Rwanda gave Human Rights Watch 24 hours to get out of the country on Friday, on April 23.

He should arrive in Kigali at 12:55 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

Habineza was elected president of the African Greens Federation at their convention on April 18, but three officers within his own party turned on him five days later, so he has begun traveling home early, from Afrikaday, where he gave a speech about democracy in Rwanda, to address their allegations and reorganize with other Rwanda Greens. Frank, his wife Edith, his sons Godwin and Victor, and supporters fear that Rwandan security may arrest him at an airport as he tries to pass through customs in the next phase of harassment and repression in the run up to this year’s Rwandan presidential election.

Rwanda arrested presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza on Wednesday, April 21, at her home in Kigali, and her Rwandan support team thank pressure from the international community for her surprise release on bail the next day.

Habineza said that he will call friends when leaving Amsterdam, and he’s been urged to start posting updates to Facebook and to Twitter as he passes from one stage of his journey to another, from airports in Amsterdam, Nairobi and Kigali to his home.

Emergency alerts are one of the best uses of Twitter, social media’s short form.

Supporters of peace and social justice in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa should be ready, should Frank be arrested, to post the news and call for his release on social media like Facebook and Twitter and to contact press, Amnesty International, at http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact, and Human Rights Watch, at http://www.hrw.org/en/contact-us.

Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza’s team is asking the international community to sustain the pressure that resulted in her release from jail on April 22.

Bernard Ntaganda, presidential candidate of Rwanda’s Parti Social-Imberakuri, feels that his arrest in Kigali is imminent and asks that the international community prepare to call for his release as well.

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

60 thoughts on “Call press and human rights defenders if Frank Habineza is arrested

  1. dan

    @Jeremie and Ann, the truth is simple, Rwanda has made such huge progress in all sectors in the last 16 years than it made in its entire history, and this has been made possible by a Government that is results-oriented and not based on the whims of critics who offer no substance for Rwandans and simply focus on backward ideologies.
    Let’s discuss what matters to Rwanda and Rwandans and not what is ideal to the a few self serving individuals who sit and think they have a place in the Rwanda of today. Rwanda has moved on from its past and will continue to make steady progress whether you like it or not.

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  2. Nshuti Obed

    There is a room to improve whether you agree or not! I do agree much progress has been made since 1994 how ever Rwanda needs to do some more, people should have a right to speak freely regardless of their political affliation. The constitition should do away with the genocide ideology and any other vegue clauses that can be interpreted only to favor a few. Rwandans have seen the light, intelligent enough to decide for themselves who to support or not to. Gacaca courts need to do. What they were made to do not to work on criminal cases and to benefit a few corrupt officials. The so called political parties that do nothing but to agree with whatever RPF says should wake up and serve the people its a joke to hear president Kagame challenge the to action himself that is just a joke he should let the true openly opposition parties register and challenge him or be challenged.
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  3. dan

    Nshuti, Ofcourse and I agree with you, there is room to improve and yes we cannot rest on our laurels, more needs to be done and Rwanda is work in progress, we are learning from our past mistakes as a nation and carving a way forward despite all odds.
    The only thing stopping the political parties from registering is that they have not fulfilled the required conditions, once they do, nothing should stop them. Rwanda as a country has laws that govern it, so parties or not, no one is above the law.

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  4. Ann Garrison

    @dan: You can call the opposition “a few self serving individuals who sit and think they have a place in the Rwanda of today” all you want but it doesn’t correspond to the statistics about the quality of life in Rwanda, which say that 60% are living below the poverty line, 37.5% on less than a dollar a day, and that the measure of inequality has soared since 1994. As Bernard Ntaganda told KMEC Radio, a small number of people have all the political power and all the wealth and most Rwandans are very poor.

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  5. Joy

    @Ann Garrison

    I understand you have to use up and account for the money you are paid to propagate such hate and dis-illusioned information through your substandard journalistic skills but if you get a moment free;

    Please do some research on Africa and even on some eastern european countries that have just recently emerged from war and have experienced the same economic growth rate or even better than Rwanda.

    When you say there are 60% of Rwandans leaving below the poverty line; have you actually confirmed this with your own research? Even then, lets say you are right, show me any country within subsaharan Africa that took 16 years to get atleast to that number! It has taken all other other african countries decades and centuries to get anywhere and Rwanda has taken 16 years…..Surely, give credit where its due.

    Rwanda has been top reformer, has unprecedented security, has zero tolerance to corruption and the best bit about it, we are not sleeping. Rwanda is made up of us the young generation who are not tainted with hate and divisionist ideaology, we have a future here and we are not only bettering it, we are securing it. The steps maybe long and slow to you the outsider but believe me the pride we have in our hearts is unmatched.

    So keep supporting those nonsensical opposition campaigns…we are the voters and believe me, we know whats good for us and definately its not the lies that Ingabire and Habineza are feeding us. Imagine opposition members that we only recently heard about!!!!!where the hell have they been the last 15 years? why turn up at the last minute? Reminds me of absentee parents that turn up at their children’s graduation to claim the props!

    Ingabire is not Rwanda’s mother and never will be; am sure she has her own kids, those should be enough for her. Rwandans in Rwanda are not ready to be adopted by her, let the ones that support her in the diaspora get adopted by her.

    I dont know why you and your croonies keep forgetting; Rwanda is not about Kagame…..its for us the Rwandans. We determine what happens to us and if we are resisting bullshit politics flaunted by Ingabire and whats his name, its because we are no longer living in the pre-1994 darkness….(at which point Ingabire fled the country; those are the circumstances she left the country in and still thinks its like that….she must have been ashamed to come and find things are much more different now)

    As for those weird journalists you keep quoting…Kabonero and co; if any of them has any journalism training; then maybe maybe we can listen to their crap but for now, they belong just where they are now……NO WHERE.

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  6. Jeremie Musonera

    @Joy

    Ndabona uta igihe cyawe ku busa.Wabuze icyo ukora ? Murasetsa pe !! Iyo New Times yawe ntawe uyitayeho,abayisoma nimwe muyogeza nyine,twe tuzi ibyayo rero ntabwo ijya idushishikaza.

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  7. Ann Garrison

    @Jeremie: That’s good. That’s really good. Doubt the credibility of the World Bank? Ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaa!!! You mus’ be jokin’ us. The World Bank said, e.g., that the expansion of Grand Inga Dam would provide electricity to all the Congolese people, all Africans, and even deliver power all the way to Israel, and beyond. A BHP Billiton corporate document said that their plan was to use 2/3 of the first expansion to power an aluminum smelter. Aluminum smelting is one of the most power hungry manufacturing technologies in the world, so they’re usually located next to big hydro or even nuclear, often in the Global South.

    However, re those World Bank stats, I imagine they are telling the truth. Ease of starting a business, dealing with construction permits, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, trading across borders.

    I especially like the part about trading across borders, as in the D.R.C.

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  8. jon

    so sad in here,many still living pre 1994…all Kagame hater AKA ant Rwanda pls spare us with your fantasy BS,just come home and help build our country(if you really care) and face the music if you killed anybody,and yes,you must follow the law….we re not goin back and remember your old tired BS hutu/tutsi card doesnt work here,we are one people & one nation,we are moving forwad for better and nobody is missing you,you can stay where you re (if you chose) and keep spreading your garbage,lies,hatred towards kagame and all the poisons you like or whatever satisfy your self hatred soul…Rwanda is the best and you aint seen nothing yet!

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