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’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 […]
Paul Rusesabagina’s Release: A Triumph for Democracies over Rwandan Autocracy
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 […]
UK -Rwanda asylum deals, the Pact of Shame.
People seeking asylum in the UK could now be relocated to Rwanda under a controversial deal blasted by international human rights groups and other humanitarian organizations as “shockingly ill-conceived” and contrary to international obligations as well as international refugee law. Media reports say the government plan would see some single men who arrive in Britain […]
Decision on the dissolution of IBUKA Belgium postponed
This Thursday, December 9, 2021, the non-profit organization IBUKA Belgium, appeared before the Brussels Commercial Court, in the context of a dissolution proceeding initiated for non-filing of annual accounts. After the debates, the hearing was again postponed to February 17, 2022, and the fate of the association was put in the hands of its members. […]
Who from Macron or Kagame got the best deal?
Three things to learn from the Macron / Kagame “arrangement”… 1° Genocide and/or complicity of genocide charges can be negotiated… The first thing to learn from the reconciliation between Emmanuel Macron and Paul Kagame is that genocide charges can be negotiated… For 27 years, the RPF and its relays have told anyone who will listen, […]