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Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s war on journalists

February 14, 2012

by Ann Garrison

Supporters of Victoire Ingabire and all Rwandan political prisoners demonstrate outside the Dutch Parliament in The Hague, wearing the pink color of Rwandan prison garb. Journalists have been sentenced to prison for speech crimes like those that Ingabire is accused of. Others have fled or been assassinated.
The trial of Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire resumed for one day in Rwanda’s capitol on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, then adjourned for another month to give Ingabire and her lawyers time to study the documents that Dutch authorities helped the prosecution seize from her home in the Netherlands.

Rwandan journalist Jean Bosco Gasasira was granted refugee status in Sweden in 2010, where he continued to publish an online version of his banned Rwandan newspaper Umuvugizi until his apprarent disappearance there last month. Swedish authorities confirmed on Feb. 13, 2012, that he is safe in an undisclosed location.
Four days earlier, Ingabire’s husband, Lyn Muyizere, stood in the snow outside Dutch Parliament in The Hague with more of her supporters. All wore pink, the color of Rwandan prison garb, over winter sweaters and overcoats, in one of their weekly protests for Ingabire and all Rwandan political prisoners, including journalists.

Jean Bosco Gasasira was in intensive care after three men attacked him with iron bars in Rwanda in 2007, shouting that they’d make sure he never wrote again.
Many journalists have been convicted of the same speech crimes that she is accused of: discussing ethnicity or disagreeing with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his regime, also known as “divisionism,” and disagreeing with the constitutionally codified history of the Rwanda Genocide, also known as “genocide ideology.” Others have been convicted of defaming President Kagame or other officials or inciting civil disobedience.

On Friday, four members of Rwandan Journalists in Exile, a group of journalists with political refugee status in Europe and North America, sent a letter to Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters without Borders and Swedish authorities expressing concern for their colleague, Jean Bosco Gasasira, whom they say has been missing for a month in Sweden. Gasasira has not published anything since Jan. 11. None of his colleagues have seen or heard from him since Jan. 13, and one colleague reports that his cell phone seems to have been disconnected. There were two posts to Gasasira’s Twitter account on Jan. 21.

Funeral for Jean Leonard Rugambage, acting editor of Jean Bosco Gasasira’s publication Umuvugizi, who was gunned down in front of his home in Kigali, Rwanda, just before publishing his investigation concluding that Rwandan President Paul Kagame had ordered the assassination attempt on exiled Rwandan Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in Johannesburg, South Africa, in June 2010 – Photo courtesy of Jean Bosco Gasasira
On Feb. 13, a credible source who nevertheless preferred not to speak on the record said that Swedish authorities had informed him that Gasasira is safe in Sweden but that they cannot yet disclose his location or allow him to communicate with anyone directly.

Until his seeming disappearance, Gasasira had continued to publish his criticism of Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s regime from exile in Sweden on his website Umuvugizi, despite being sentenced, in absentia, to 30 months in prison in Rwanda, in June 2011, for allegedly calling for civil disobedience and insulting President Paul Kagame.

Rwandan refugee journalist McDowell Kalisa reported colleague Jean Bosco Gasasira missing in Sweden a month ago. He told KPFA Radio and the SF Bay View that if any harm were done to Gasasira, the Rwandan government would be the no. 1 suspect and that he and his fellow Rwandan journalists in exile do not feel safe.
His newspaper, also named Umuvugizi, was banned in Rwanda in 2010, shortly after its acting editor, Jean Leonard Rugambage, was gunned down in front of his home in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Rugambage had just published an investigation alleging that President Kagame ordered the June 2010 assassination attempt on his former general, Kayumba Nyamwasa, who was then living in exile in South Africa.

Jean Bosco Gasasira’s newspaper, Umuvugizi, was banned in Rwanda in 2010, shortly after its acting editor, Jean Leonard Rugambage, was gunned down in Kigali. Rugambage had just published an investigation alleging that President Kagame ordered the June 2010 assassination attempt on his former general, Kayumba Nyamwasa, in South Africa.

In February 2007 in Rwanda, three men armed with iron bars beat Gasasira, broke his left hand and beat his head, arms and legs while shouting that they planned to ensure that he could never write again. But he hasn’t stopped for much more than the past month, despite consequent physical problems.

Rwandan journalists Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, left, and Saidati Mukakibibi, center, arrived on Jan. 30, 2012, at Rwanda’s Supreme Court for the first day of their appeal in Kigali. In February 2011, Nkusi and Mukakibibi were both given prison sentences of 17 and seven years respectively following convictions on charges of genocide denial, inciting civil disobedience and defamation of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The court will announce its decision on Friday, Feb. 17.
On Feb. 11, McDowell Kalisa, a Rwandan journalist also in exile in Sweden, said that the journalists who signed the statement agreed that Swedish authorities seem to be dodging their inquiries, telling them only that they didn’t know where Gasasira was and couldn’t discuss the police investigation. However, Kalisa said that if a crime has been committed against Gasasira, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his government will be suspect no. 1 and that Rwandan journalists in exile do not feel safe.

He and others also reported that the second most senior official at the Rwandan Embassy in Stockholm had been given 48 hours to leave Sweden, in what they imagined might be a related development. In May 2011, Scotland Yard accused Kagame of sending assassins to kill Rwandan citizens in London, and the BBC reported that a Rwandan suspected of being part of the plot was prevented from entering Britain.

Most mourners at the requiem of Rwandan journalist Charles Ingabire, who was shot dead in a Kampala, Uganda, pub in December 2011 spent the brief, 20 minute funeral hiding their faces, after one of the pastors warned them that there were spies among them “intending to take information to their masters.” The headline in Uganda’s Daily Monitor read "Dread, whispers shroud Rwandan scribe’s funeral.”
On Feb. 13, the Associated Press reported that several unnamed sources close to the Swedish government confirmed that Evode Mudaheranwa, the Rwandan embassy’s second highest ranking official, had been expelled from the country for “refugee espionage.”

Reporters without Borders ranks Rwanda, a longstanding ally and military partner of the U.S., 156th – 21 countries away from the worst of 179 countries – in their 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index.

In February 2010, Umurabyo reporter Saidati Mukakibibi was sentenced to seven years in prison for inciting civil disobedience. Editor Agnes Uwimana was at the same time sentenced to 17 years for encouraging disagreement with the government, defaming Rwandan President Paul Kagame and publishing a different account of the Rwandan Genocide than that codified as “Genocide Against the Tutsis” in the Rwandan Constitution.

Thirty-one-year-old Rwandan journalist Charles Ingabire, editor of the online publication Inyenyeri, fled Rwanda to Uganda, where he was shot dead in a Kampala pub in December 2011. Ingabire left a wife and 6-month-old child behind. A legal adviser at Uganda’s Refugee Law Project said that the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had rejected him and his family as candidates for resettlement despite abundant evidence that he was “very, very insecure.” Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni recently reaffirmed his longstanding alliance with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Uwimana, like imprisoned opposition leader Victoire Ingabire, has said that not only Tutsis, but also Hutus were targeted in the ethnic massacres. The Rwandan Supreme Court is expected to rule on their appeal on Friday, Feb. 17. Both have spent the past year in prison, and Agnes Uwimana is reported to be ill.

In December 2011, 31-year-old Rwandan journalist and political refugee Charles Ingabire, of no known relation to Victoire Ingabire, was shot dead in a pub in Kampala, Uganda. Ingabire had been asking the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to grant refugee status to him and his young family without success.

Didas Gasana, left, and Charles Kabonero, are the editors of Umuseso, another newspaper banned in Rwanda at the same time as Gasasira’s Umuvugizi, in 2010. Didas and Charles both took refuge in Uganda that year. But after fellow journalist and refugee Charles Ingabire was shot dead in Kampala, Uganda, they applied for political refugee status, which was granted. Today the Bay View learned that both have arrived safely, along with Charles’ wife Yvette, in an as yet unnamed country. This photo was taken at Charles’ 2011 wedding to Yvette, in Uganda.
Didas Gasana and Charles Kabonero, editors of the banned Rwandan newspaper Umuseso and contributors to the SF Bay View, have since been granted refugee status and left Uganda.

I myself have been denounced in The New Times, Rwanda’s state supporting daily newspaper, five times for producing reports like this one.

I myself have been denounced in The New Times, Rwanda’s state supporting daily newspaper, five times for producing reports like this one for the San Francisco Bay View, Toronto-based Global Research, the Project Censored Yearbook, “Censored 2012,” and Pacifica radio stations KPFA Berkeley and KPFA sister station WBAI’s AfrobeatRadio hour.

Contrary to what “The Exposer” says in this cartoon accompanying their special report, “Ann Garrison, self-appointed spokeswoman of evil,” I do not slobber on the microphone at KPFA, WBAI or any other outlets. And I have never denied the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. I have spoken to scholars, journalists and opposition leaders who disagree with Rwanda’s constitutionally codified history and who, like U.N. Resolution 955, refer to “genocide against the Rwanda people,” not solely genocide against the Tutsi. I have recorded or quoted their voices for KPFA, WBAI, SF Bay View, AfrobeatRadio.net and other audiences. I myself concluded that evidence supports the claim that both Hutus and Tutsis were victims of genocidal massacres in 1994. And, whatever the true history, I do not believe it can be legally enforced by statutes or constitutional amendments creating speech crimes or by intimidating, imprisoning or even assassinating journalists, political opponents or anyone else. – Ann Garrison
In November I submitted an assault complaint to the Sacramento State University campus police against members of the Rwandan contingent at the university’s Third International Genocide Conference. I wasn’t hurt but two of them did lay hands on me before someone from the university said, “Hey, hey, hey, you can’t do that here.”

In Rwanda, I can only imagine.

Ann Garrison
San Francisco writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Global Research, Colored Opinions, Black Star News, the Newsline EA (East Africa) and her own website, Ann Garrison, and produces for AfrobeatRadio on WBAI-NYC, Weekend News on KPFA and her own YouTube Channel, AnnieGetYourGang. She can be reached at ann@afrobeatradio.com.

 

39 thoughts on “Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s war on journalists

  1. Ubuntu

    Thanks for explaining your position on Rwandan genocide. Tutsi were targeted for just being Tutsi.
    Moderate Hutu were not killed because of their ethnic group. Thank u

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      1. Seamus

        I think the report was suppressed to help foster stability in the country after the Hutu Power genocide against Tutsi. I don't think the RPF's 25,000-45,000 casualties compares unfavorably against the hundreds of thousands of casualties created by the Hutu Power groups. How would you stop the Hutu Power groups when they were such a large majority?

        Cherry-picking info and amplifying same isn't an objective exercise for looking at big picture of what happened.

        Thanks for your time.

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        1. Ann_Garrison

          1) Thank you for taking the time to read that much of what is available regarding the Gersony Report.

          2) I could just as easily ask you, "Where is your evidence that "the Hutu Power groups were such a large majority?" I have seen no such evidence. I don't believe there's ever been any doubt that Hutus were a majority, but neither have I ever seen any evidence that Hutu Power groups were a majority.

          3) However, this is not an evidentiary argument as to the true history of the Rwanda Genocide, so I'm not going to engage further in an exchange about that, which is more appropriately taken up in other forums devoted to establishing that history. This is a report on Kagame's war on journalists.

          4) I don't believe that the truth of any history, whatever it may be, can be enforced by statute or by the murder, imprisonment, and intimidation of journalists, political opposition, or anyone else.

          5) Didas Gasana, one of the journalists mentioned here, fled Rwanda and then Uganda to escape the danger to his life for criticizing the repressive reign of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, NOT for disagreeing with the official, legally codified version of the Rwanda Genocide.

          6) Jean Leonard Rugambage was not assassinated after publishing a disagreement as to the history of the Rwanda Genocide. He was assassinated after publishing an investigation in which he concluded that President Kagame had ordered the assassination of former Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa in South Africa.

          7) Umurabyo editor Agnes Uwimana is indeed in prison for disagreeing with the legally codified history of the Rwanda Genocide, and other Rwandan speech crimes, but again, I do not believe that the truth of any history, whatever it may be, can be enforced by statute or by the murder, imprisonment, and intimidation of journalists, political opposition, or anyone else.

          8) Also again, this is a piece about Kagame's war on journalists, not an evidentiary argument as to the true history of the Rwanda Genocide.

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          1. Seamus

            I've had two replies disappear on this thread so far (after apparent successful posting). Techie glitches are such a pain.

            Oh well. Thanks for the reply.

  2. BRIAN

    Anyway people come and people go, so one day kagame will also go. no leader is permanent except God. let GOD be the judge. BRIAN MAKERERE UNIVERSITY KAMPALA UGANDA

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  3. Aimable

    Ubuntu, actually according to the October 2010 Mapping Report on DRC, Hutu refugee women, children, elderly and the sick were killed by extremist Tutsi Rwandan army exactly just for being Hutu and no other reason.

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  4. Seamus

    It took me a while to figure out what genocide denial was informed by. At first, I thought it was a mythical history told by an ethnic majority…in an effort to 'feel' in the right. Made sense in a chaotic aftermath where truth was unpopular. The difficult bit was figuring out why some foreigners would want to engage in genocide denial, so I started looking for patterns.

    It's the lefties this time, which is weird because they're the neat conscientious people. Only trouble is, they tend to associate the Tutsi with colonialism, and they hate colonialism because of the damage it caused and still causes. 'Tutsi were favored by the Belgies and the Frenchies, so they must be at fault.' I think this is the motive, but it is difficult to glean because cognition is hard to discern compared to behavior.

    This thinking has caused some to amplify the relatively small and ignore the comparatively large.

    Historical theories come with general cases and special cases. To assume a general case all the time is to get lost in the fog of our own desires. This causes the historian to favor certain information over other information. In worst case scenarios, a historian may erroneously blame to maintain a sense of integrity for the general case theory: 'Those connected with colonialism MUST be primarily blameworthy.' The trouble is, that doesn't work all the time. Nothing does. We have to gather all information, then conclude. It doesn't help foster truth to look for what we want and exclude what we don't want.

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    1. Ann_Garrison

      This report, again, is not an evidentiary argument as to the true history of the Rwanda Genocide, and you have made no such argument as to its true history yourself, although you seem to assume that you have, or perhaps, that the Wikipedia and the Rwandan Constitution have, and that therefore anyone who disagrees is "denying genocide."

      Whatever the truth of the Rwanda Genocide, do you believe that it justifies the subject of this report, Kagame's war on journalists, not only for denying genocide, but for criticizing his regime?

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      1. Seamus

        The post you're responding to is simply some wondering on the motivation to diminish or deny the genocide. There's no way for me to know the why(s), but I may locate likelihoods. Cognition is difficult stuff to know about, but behavior can provide insights.

        The question I am looking at is…why would a non-Rwandan get involved in Rwandan genocide denial, or attempt to diminish the horror? I can only suspect it has to do with colonialism and Tutsi cooperation.

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          1. Rwandan

            what is the evidence you have to show that our president is involved in the killing of journalists! Did any american journalist ever accused President Obama of killing prisoners in Iraq or Afgansthan? how can u dare accuse our president of something for which u don't even have evidence for! Why don't u bother about american problems!

          2. Ann_Garrison

            Do you expect us to believe that Rugambage was suddenly murdered in 2010, by someone still angry about his alleged role in the 1994 genocide, right after he published his report alleging that President Kagame had ordered the assassination of exiled General Kayumba Nyamwasa?

            That Charles Ingabire was murdered by a random thug, even as he urgently appealed to the UNHCR for political refugee status?

            And, re American problems, I do consider Rwanda an American problem. The Pentagon uses the Rwandan army as its proxy elsewhere in Africa and in Haiti, and it is one of its key military partners.

            And you won't find me defending American presidents.

          3. Rwandan

            we all know that Ingabire was murdered, but my question is, are u sure that President Kagame was involved in all those killing u mentioned? what evidence do u have. If u think Rwanda is american problem, then u should be advocating for genocide survivors who are still suffering from failure of international community including your government who stood when they were slaughtered! My point was will u ever accuse your president of all the crimes committed in the USA!
            As per the USA being the partner of Rwanda, it is a reality and the partnership is dictated by the fact big countries want to have a say in the governance of smaller countries.
            In the same way, u have the guts to lay all the blames on our president who has be honoured on numerous occasion because of his achievements.

          4. seamus

            You ask:
            "Do you expect us to believe that Rugambage was suddenly murdered in 2010, by someone still angry about his alleged role in the 1994 genocide, right after he published his report alleging that President Kagame had ordered the assassination of exiled General Kayumba Nyamwasa? "

            Appears within realm of likelihood. His report may have incensed a person who thinks his relatives were killed by the man despite 2006 acquittal.

            I think there are few things more insulting to victims of genocide and/or murder than denial of same. I am not sure why this would not have occurred to you. It seems an obvious thing.

          5. Daubin

            No, I'm not. You are evading. C'mon, you're an academic and I know they teach logic in history methodology classes.

  5. Intarebatinya

    So, Leonard Rugambage was killed in Kampala bomb blast? the picture, which is more loud than your falsehoods, shows exactly that!!! good to show what you stand for

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  6. Kanyarwanda

    But i wonder who is this woman, who wants to interfere in rwandan problems! I would say that all those guys who named were journalists, there simply guys who are paid to defame rwandan president. That is not journalism, it is simple smear campaign, and this woman wants to be their leader!

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  7. Rwandan

    It is important to note that some of the so called journalists want to write their rubbish, so that if anyone harass them, they will easily get refuge status in Europe or America. we all know that most of africans dreams of living in Europe. As rwandans we all know want to see professional news papers who criticize any wrongdoing but we don't want papers that are there just to defame somebody. A thought defamation is outlawed in many countries. What was intentions of Ingabire writting in his news paper "inyenyerinews' was he wrote that two battalions of rwandan solders deserted Rwanda Defense Force and joined Kayumba force in Congo.
    What was his intention again when he wrote that the was fighting between RDF and Kayumba Force in Cyangugu last year and around 250 RDF solders were taken hostage.
    These some of the example i have given u to show that these guys are not real journalist.
    I can show you each of the articles published by umuvugizi and inyenyeri and le prophet online that they are not meant to criticize but rather to defame the regim in place!

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      1. Rwandan

        Our president is not a gangster who carries a gun on the street, it is high time the west start showing some respect for africans.
        I am quite sure that there more people killed each day in USA, UK and other developed countries than in Rwanda, and i have never read/heard and journalist blaming the killing on his PM or President.
        Personally, i wouldn't accuse any body of any crime until proven guilty, and i am sure this also applies in the USA.
        Recent arrest on The Sun staff and closer of News of the World showed that even professional journalists are not saints, leave alone those amateurs in Rwanda who are paid to publish rubbish on someone!
        I can imagine who a report The reporters without borders and Human rights watch would publish if recent arrest of journalists( which i think it was right to do) would publish! God protect Rwanda and our president against all the evils!

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          1. Rwandan

            Our president is not a gangster who carries a gun on the street, it is high time the west start showing some respect for africans.
            I am quite sure that there more people killed each day in USA, UK and other developed countries than in Rwanda, and i have never read/heard and journalist blaming the killing on his PM or President.
            Personally, i wouldn't accuse any body of any crime until proven guilty, and i am sure this also applies in the USA.
            Recent arrest on The Sun staff and closer of News of the World showed that even professional journalists are not saints, leave alone those amateurs in Rwanda who are paid to publish rubbish on someone!
            I can imagine who a report The reporters without borders and Human rights watch would publish if recent arrest of journalists( which i think it was right to do) would publish! God protect Rwanda and our president against all the evils!

          2. Rwandan

            Madam, so far you have failed to show the link between President Kagame himself and the killing of those journalists, and when u write an article that Kagame is carried out war on journalists u should be having tangible evidence.

            I thought of asking you why USA is seeking the extradition of Wiki leak founder, and why Libya TV was one of the first target during NATO war to oust Gaddafi?

            When will these amateur journalists stop abusing african leaders!!Can u you dare write a rubbish article like this on USA president???

          3. Rwandan

            Even though, i couldn't get the article you referred me to; i never said that journalists should not criticize the president; but whoever writes that so and so is doing this and that without proof/evidence… then he/she is doing something else which is not journalism, which i would call defamation.

            This is exactly what you are doing in collaboration with the so called Rwandan journalists.
            BBC/ RFI/VOA are hardly pro- Rwandan government , they air whatever news related to Rwanda without any restriction and most of their journalists reporting from Rwanda are rwandans. There is no doubt that you are either member of FDU or RNC..

          4. Ann_Garrison

            Sorry you couldn't use the link. Here it is again: http://sfbayview.com/2011/u-s-backed-the-invasion

            And here are two other reports of mine, which have been critical of my own government's role in your part of the world, although the Obama Senate Bill I discuss in one of them is a very good piece of legislation except for the fact that it has never been implemented:
            http://sfbayview.com/2011/obama-requests-immunity
            http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va

          5. Rwandan

            It is clear that your career is based on the defamation against President Kagame, your career may well end the day Kagame will leave the power. You should stop deceiving very few readers you have and declare yourself a leading member of FDU. Stating that Ingabire would have prevailed over Kagame in 2010 election shows who are!

  8. Rwandan

    I quite sure that each day there more people killed in USA, UK and other developed countries than in Rwanda, and i have never read/heard any journalists in those countries accusing their PM or President of being behind the killing.
    So do u think that our president is gangster who carry a gun on the street? Time has come that the west starts showing some respect for africans.
    Personally i would accused anybody of anything until he/she is proven guilty. I thought that applies in the USA.

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  9. Aimable

    As a Rwandan who cares deeply about my country, I find quite interesting the posts by General Kagame’s sympathizers above who practically claim that he is The Savior (capital T and capital S) we have been waiting for.
    I wake up every morning wishing that General Kagame was truly some savior who has united our people and stopped all the wrongs in the country. But then reality hits me. A reality of a General Kagame who brought carnage to Rwanda since 1990. A General Kagame who as eloquently expressed in this article is a predator of independent journalists. A General Kagame who has presided over the exiling, the jailing, and the killing (including beheading) of all opposition journalists. But worse of all, a General Kagame who was responsible for troops that committed war crimes and crimes against humanity on women, children, the sick and the elderly in DRC (The October 2010 United Nations Mapping Report on DRC mentioned that those crimes may eventually be found to be genocide by a competent court).

    At the end of the day, General Kagame’s sympathizers seem to believe that Kagame and his cronies will get away with all the murders they have committed (or masterminded). I doubt it. Sooner or later, the long arm of justice will catch up with them. They can comment on articles all they want, they can pay thousands of dollars per month to London-based and Washington-based PR firms all they want. But the truth will eventually prevail. General Kagame and his cronies will without doubt pay for all the blood they have shed.

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  10. Aimable

    For those in doubt about General Kagame’s mass murder tactics, below is a passage from the October 2010 United Nations Mapping Report on DRC. I look forward to the day when this modern-day Hitler will have his day in court for crimes such these that he masterminded:

    “The extensive use of edged weapons (primarily hammers) and the systematic massacres of survivors after the camps had been taken show that the numerous deaths cannot be attributed to the hazards of war or seen as equating to collateral damage. The majority of the victims were children, women, elderly people and the sick, who were often undernourished and posed no threat to the attacking forces. Numerous serious attacks on the physical or mental integrity of members of the group were also committed, with a very high number of Hutus shot, raped, burnt or beaten. The systematic, methodological and premeditated nature of the attacks listed against the Hutus is also marked: these attacks took place in each location where refugees had been screened by the AFDL/APR over a vast area of the country. The pursuit lasted for months, and on occasion, the humanitarian assistance intended for them was deliberately blocked, particularly in the Orientale province, thus depriving them of resources essential to their survival. Thus the systematic and widespread attacks described in this report reveal a number of damning elements that, if proven before a competent court, could be classified as crimes of genocide.”

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  11. Aimable

    Interesting how General Kagame’s sympathizers are trying to drown out any criticism of him to the extent that for example the above post from Feb 16 at 8.08pm is a copy paste of an earlier post on Feb 16 at 2.00pm. If they think this strategy will work, they can think again.

    Below is some of the info that they are trying to drown out (Disclaimer: Reproducing info that I had posted on Feb 16 at 4.12pm):

    For those in doubt about General Kagame’s mass murder tactics, below is a passage from the October 2010 United Nations Mapping Report on DRC. I look forward to the day when this modern-day Hitler will have his day in court for crimes such these that he masterminded:

    “The extensive use of edged weapons (primarily hammers) and the systematic massacres of survivors after the camps had been taken show that the numerous deaths cannot be attributed to the hazards of war or seen as equating to collateral damage. The majority of the victims were children, women, elderly people and the sick, who were often undernourished and posed no threat to the attacking forces. Numerous serious attacks on the physical or mental integrity of members of the group were also committed, with a very high number of Hutus shot, raped, burnt or beaten. The systematic, methodological and premeditated nature of the attacks listed against the Hutus is also marked: these attacks took place in each location where refugees had been screened by the AFDL/APR over a vast area of the country. The pursuit lasted for months, and on occasion, the humanitarian assistance intended for them was deliberately blocked, particularly in the Orientale province, thus depriving them of resources essential to their survival. Thus the systematic and widespread attacks described in this report reveal a number of damning elements that, if proven before a competent court, could be classified as crimes of genocide.”

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  12. Aimable

    So-called Rwandan, sure you can express your opinion. But at this stage my opinion is that you are embarrassing us Rwandans with your clear lack of knowledge about the First Amendment in the US that protects journalist Ann Garrison from what you are accusing her of.
    In the United States they value freedom of speech especially when it comes to journalists writing about public officials. Rwanda is obviously on the opposite on the opposite end of the spectrum, and not in a good way in my opinion.
    If you would like to learn just a tiny little bit more about how the US courts view defamation cases against journalists, please refer to the link below:
    http://knightcenter.utexas.edu/blog/us-courts-throw-out-defamation-cases-against-journalists-tv-station

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  13. Aimable

    So, the user who goes by Daubin suddenly appears here and the very first thing he says is “No, I’m not. You are evading.”. So, it sounds like at least one of General Kagame’s supporters here may be using multiple names in an obvious attempt to sound like there are more supporters than in reality. They probably think that inflating their numbers on the Internet will save their master from facing justice for all the war crimes and crimes against humanity General Kagame and his forces have committed. They should think again. The innocent women, children, the elderly and the sick that were butchered by General Kagame’s forces will not be forgotten. Sooner or later, they will face the long arm of justice.

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