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Open letter against Kagame at the University of Oxford

15 May

Rising Continent

To Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of Said Business School at the University of Oxford

A letter dated May 7th signed by a number of political and civil society organizations of British citizens of Rwandan and Congolese origin was sent to the Dean of Said Business School at the University of Oxford to oppose that school hosting the Rwandan president Paul Kagame.

Signatories of the letter include representatives of these organisations and political parties:

High Council Resistence of Congolese
International Congolese Rights
Liberation – Congolese Women’s Group
Organising for Africa
Rwanda National Congress
United Democratic Front – Inkingi

In order to read the full content of the letter, please click here.

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Prevent the the cessation of refugee status for Rwandans fearing return

30 Apr

Prevent the the cessation of refugee status for Rwandans fearing return

Why this is important

In July 2013, UNHCR plans to invoke the Cessation Clause for Rwandan refugees who fled events occurring in the country between 1959 and 1998. If states follow this recommendation, international protection of those refugees who fled Rwanda during this period will end. The guidelines surrounding the Cessation Clause state that it should only be invoked when fundamental, durable and positive changes have taken place that mean that a well founded fear of persecution no longer exist in a particular country. Invoking the Cessation Clause thus suggests that reasons for being a refugee have ceased to exist in Rwanda. However in stating that those who fled after 1998 still have a well founded fear of persecution, UNHCR contradicts the idea that real changes have occurred in Rwanda, instead demonstrating that it is not a safe country.
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Sign petition calling on the U.S. to fully implement the Obama Law, PL 109-456.

19 Sep

Sign petition calling on the U.S. to fully implement the Obama Law, PL 109-456.

Follow the Link and sign the petition with the following message:

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Secretary of State, Members of the US Congress and President of the United States.
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I signed this petition because I believe that the United States is uniquely placed to advance peace and stability in the region through diplomatic means. Sweden and Netherlands acted in 2008 by withholding aid to Rwanda and it made a small difference with the arrest of a key rebel leader and the demobilization of his rebel army. Should the United States bring its diplomatic weight to bear on its allies in the Great Lakes Region it can make a tremendous difference.

I encourage you to act and fully implement Public Law 109-456

Most noteworthy in the Law is the call for the withholding of U.S. aid from Congo’s neighbors (Rwanda and Uganda) who are most responsible for the instability in the Congo (Sec. 105) and support of democratic institutions in the Congo (Sec. 102).
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Sincerely,

[Your name]