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“, […]
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 […]
Rwanda: Political opponent sentenced to 7 years in prison for denouncing an assassination attempt against him
Time for the US to let go of Kagame
Rwanda under Paul Kagame is the typical authoritarian regime that the African people no longer want. Paul Kagame is a head of state who came to power by force of arms almost 30 years ago, who has won three presidential elections with Soviet-style scores and who, by his own admission, “plans to run for another […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
M23 Rebirth and Kagame imperialism a Burden for East African Community.
Regional integration is premised on the assumption of the coming together of the nations to attain a common goal through cooperation. Regional economic and political integration allowing the free movement of goods, services, people, and capital between national markets as well as forming federations have been on Africa’s agenda since independence in the 1960s. Whatever […]
“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 […]