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Journalists and Online Commentators Face Persecution for Critical Reporting

Click to expand Image Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame speaks during…
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame speaks during the state funeral of Kenya’s former president, Daniel arap Moi, at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, February 11, 2020.
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Open Letter to All Commonwealth Heads of Government

Excellencies, Civil society organizations around the world are calling on the Rwandan authorities to allow an independent, impartial, and effective investigation into the death in custody of Kizito Mihigo, a popular gospel singer and peace activist. As…
Kizito Mihigo.
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Interception of Rusesabagina’s Attorney/Client Communications Raises Concerns

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Paul Rusesabagina, a prominent government critic, attends a court hearing in Kigali, Rwanda on February 26, 2021. Rwanda’s High Court Chamber for International and Cross-border Crimes ruled that it has jurisdiction to try him.
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The Commonwealth Should Request an External Probe into Kizito Mihigo’s Death

On February 17, 2020, police announced that Kizito Mihigo, a popular Rwandan singer, had been found dead in his cell at a police station in Kigali. One year on, there has been no accountability for his death. Birgit Schwarz speaks with Lewis Mudge,…
Kizito Mihigo.
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Remains of Augustin Bizimana Found in Congo-Brazzaville

Just days after the arrest in France of Félicien Kabuga, one of the Rwandan genocide’s alleged masterminds, came the announcement that the remains of another – Augustin Bizimana, the minister of defense at the time of the killings – were identified in a…
Augustin Bizimana.
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End Arbitrary Detention, Ill-Treatment

(Nairobi) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s call for Rwanda to take “urgent measures” to end abuse of street children should be carried out immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. In observations released on February 13, 2020…
Street children sit on the verandah of a house in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, on January 22, 2020.
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 At Gikondo they beat us with clubs on our heads and the backs of our feet. They said that as long as we live on the streets, they will beat us.
 – Former 15-year-old male Gikondo detainee, May 2019.
 
 For over a…
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Lengthy Sentences for Ex-Military Officers’ Comments Reduced

Click to expand Image Colonel Tom Byabagamba (left) and retired…
Colonel Tom Byabagamba (left) and retired Brigadier General Frank Rusagara (right) arrive at the court to appeal their 2016 conviction on charges including tarnishing the government’s image and inciting insurrection, in Kigali, Rwanda, on December 27, 201