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Rwanda’s Diplomacy of Lament in the M23 Crisis
Rwanda’s Diplomacy of Lament in the M23 Crisis

The conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), involving the M23, is escalating to a new level. The involvement of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the announced support of the UN, Burundi’s firm decision to back the DRC, and the DRC’s sovereign determination not to yield, are complicating Kigali […]

Norman ISHIMWE, February 19, 2024
Rwanda: journalist Dieudonné Niyonsenga denounces inhumane conditions of detention
Rwanda: journalist Dieudonné Niyonsenga denounces inhumane conditions of detention

On Wednesday January 10 2024, the Rwandan journalist Dieudonné Niyonsenga, alias Cyuma Hassan Dieudonné, appeared in court for the review of his trial, following which he was sentenced on appeal to 7 years in prison, a sentence that Reporters Without Borders denounced as “heavy, arbitrary and aberrant”.  Cyuma Hassan Dieudonné appeared weak and emaciated before […]

Ruhumuza Mbonyumutwa, January 12, 2024
Paul Rusesabagina’s Release: A Triumph for Democracies over Rwandan Autocracy
Paul Rusesabagina’s Release: A Triumph for Democracies over Rwandan Autocracy

The recent release of Paul Rusesabagina, a prominent government critic and human rights advocate, is a testament to the power of democracy and international pressure in standing up to authoritarian regimes. Rusesabagina, best known as the hero of the Hollywood movie “Hotel Rwanda,” was kidnapped from Dubai in 2020 and forcibly taken to Rwanda, where […]

Norman ISHIMWE, April 17, 2023
Rwanda: Political opponent sentenced to 7 years in prison for denouncing an assassination attempt against him
Rwanda: Political opponent sentenced to 7 years in prison for denouncing an assassination attempt against him

On 16 December 2022, Théophile Ntirutwa, a Rwandan political opponent and former member of Victoire Ingabire’s Dalfa-Umurinzi party was sentenced to 7 years in prison by the High Court, Rwamagana detached chamber, on the grounds that he had spread “false information or harmful propaganda with intent to cause a hostile international opinion against Rwandan Government“, […]

Ruhumuza Mbonyumutwa, January 3, 2023
US Secretary of State referring to “genocidal violence” and “reconciliation” in Rwanda; a new hope for Hutu survivors?
US Secretary of State referring to “genocidal violence” and “reconciliation” in Rwanda; a new hope for Hutu survivors?

Opinion article submitted for publication On August 10th and 11th, 2022, the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Kigali for a two-day visit. As per the usual protocol reserved for VIPs, the Rwandan Government took him to the Genocide Memorial in Kigali and invited him to leave a message in the book […]

Gustave Mbonyumutwa, September 2, 2022
Is the Rwandan army becoming the Wagner of France and Europe?
Is the Rwandan army becoming the Wagner of France and Europe?

Since July 2021, the Rwandan army has been deployed in Mozambique to fight an insurgency by militants linked to the Islamic State in Cabo Delgado province. Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, Director General of the European Union Military Staff said on Jan. 26, 2022, that Rwanda had requested “financial support through the European Peace Facility, and […]

Norman ISHIMWE, August 26, 2022
Reflections and proposals on the current crisis between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda/M23
Reflections and proposals on the current crisis between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda/M23

Secretary Blinken’s visit to Rwanda and the DRC is taking place at a critical time. The Congolese people are more than ever revolted against Rwanda’s interference in the affairs of their country. The Rwandan population, although silent because under the yoke of a dictatorship, is going through a tense period. The resurgence of the M23 […]

Norman ISHIMWE, August 10, 2022
Why did the Government of Rwanda fail to impose its narrative in the case of Paul Rusesabagina?
Why did the Government of Rwanda fail to impose its narrative in the case of Paul Rusesabagina?

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will be in Rwanda on August 10-11 to discuss, among other things, the “wrongful detention of U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident Paul Rusesabagina”. A clear and firm statement from the Government of the United States, poles apart from the narrative of the Government of Rwanda, who has been portraying Paul […]

Gustave Mbonyumutwa, August 9, 2022
Rwanda: “They told us they would kill us after the CHOGM” Aimable Karasira
Rwanda: “They told us they would kill us after the CHOGM” Aimable Karasira

On Monday, May 30, 2022, one year to the day of his arrest, Aimable Karasira, a former university professor, once again appeared before a Rwandan court, where he denounced the conditions of his detention, claiming that he was tortured, such as beatings, sleep deprivation, and comparing his treatment to the way blacks were treated under […]

Norman ISHIMWE, June 2, 2022
“Living in constant fear”: My 10 years of experience as a journalist in Rwanda.
“Living in constant fear”: My 10 years of experience as a journalist in Rwanda.

Power in most democratic countries is divided between the legislature, executive and judiciary. In democratic countries, news media is considered the fourth power, it is a segment of society that influences the political system by advancing public views. In contrast, in an authoritarian system, media is considered by those in power as either a tool […]

Jambonews, May 6, 2022

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