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"Press Rwanda On Human Rights Violations" Rights Defenders Urge Commonwealth Leaders

Rights groups on Friday urged leaders attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this month to pressure Rwanda to release dissidents and improve its “bad” record on freedom of expression.

The East African country, ruled by President Paul Kagame since the end of the 1994 genocide which left some 800 000 mainly ethnic Tutsis dead, has often come under fire for rights abuses.

AFP reports that twenty-three organisations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International, expressed concern about human rights in Rwanda. Reads their joint statement:

We express our grave concerns about the human rights situation in Rwanda as it prepares to host the meeting in June 2022. 

The campaigners asked the Commonwealth, made up mainly of former British colonies comprising 54 countries, to insist that Rwandan authorities “immediately drop the charges against and release all of those currently detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression”.

Kigali should also “publicly commit and guarantee that civil society and media — including those from Rwanda — will be allowed to work freely and raise human rights issues without fear of reprisals during and after their participation in CHOGM.”

The campaigners also urged the CHOGM attendees to press Rwanda to allow an international investigation into high-profile cases involving rights violations.

Asked about the campaigners’ demands, government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo on Friday said “Rwandans have been working round the clock to ensure readiness for CHOGM, and we look forward to hosting leaders and delegates in our country.”

Rwanda has been cracking down on people using YouTube or blogs to speak out about sometimes controversial issues in Rwanda.

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Observer 2 months ago

Words without accountability is worthless.

dispenser 2 months ago

we are tired plz cld international community come to our rescue.

Asalif 2 months ago

they should actually act on Africa as a whole especially from west east and southern Africa

Tkt 2 months ago

@dispenser.... When you are really tired you will stop mummering the way you are doing, so far hausati waneta

Nerd 2 months ago

Ndogara ndichiti, Kana pawakagara pakatanga kupisa, unosimuka woenda pamumvuri.
ukasasimuka zvinoreva kuti zviri kukuitira. Kana zvisisachaiti, unosimuka wega pasina akutuma. haudaidzi vamwe kuti "huyai mundisimudze".

Selective Justice 2 months ago

The West will not speak about human rights abuses in Rwanda. Thats the standing position.
As far as they are concerned human right abuses only occur in Zimbabwe.

Whose Democracy 2 months ago

Kagame is the West's favourite dictator. Illegal detentions, disappearances and execution of opponents etc but he remains untouchable.


Yuwesi Embassy Kigali 2 months ago

We would like to categorically state that there are no human right abuses in Rwanda. If they were there we would know.

Maparamuro 2 months ago

Where on planet earth do such absolute freedoms exist?? Recently Israeli soldiers shot and killed an AL Jazeera journalist and there was no word of condemnation from the so called champions of free speech.
Too much hypocrisy in this world

Happy 2 months ago


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