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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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2012 Human Rights Reports: Rwanda

29 Apr

2012 Human Rights Reports: Rwanda

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Rwanda is a constitutional republic dominated by a strong presidency. The ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) leads a coalition that includes six smaller parties. In August 2010 voters elected President Paul Kagame to a second seven-year term with 93 percent of the vote. Three other registered political parties participated in elections. Senate elections took place in September 2011, with RPF candidates winning the majority of seats by wide margins. International observers reported the senate elections met generally recognized standards of free and fair elections in most respects but noted concerns regarding the independence of voters’ decisions. State security forces (SSF) generally reported to civilian authorities, although there were instances in which elements of the security forces acted independently of civilian control.

The most important human rights problems in the country remained the government’s targeting of journalists, political opponents, and human rights advocates for harassment, arrest, and abuse; disregard for the rule of law among security forces and the judiciary; restrictions on civil liberties; and support of rebel groups in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Other major human rights problems included arbitrary or unlawful killings, both within the country and abroad; disappearances; torture; harsh conditions in prisons and detention centers; arbitrary arrest; prolonged pretrial detention; executive interference in the judiciary; and government infringement on citizens’ privacy rights. The government restricted freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and to a lesser extent, religion. Security for refugees and asylum seekers was inadequate. Corruption was a problem, and the government restricted and harassed local and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Violence and discrimination against women and children occurred, including the recruitment by the M23 armed group of Rwandan and refugee minors as child soldiers. There was a small but growing incidence of trafficking in persons. Discrimination and occasional violence against persons with disabilities and the Twa minority occurred. The government restricted labor rights, and forced labor, including by children, and child labor were problems.

The government generally took steps to prosecute or punish officials who committed abuses, whether in the security services or elsewhere, but impunity involving civilian officials and SSF was a problem.

During the year the government provided material, logistical, and strategic support to the M23 armed group in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which committed summary executions and forcibly recruited adults and minors. The government strongly denied providing any support to the M23. SSF remained complicit in the illegal smuggling of conflict minerals from the DRC.

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CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE FOR HABYALIMANA AND NTARYAMIRA

24 Apr

CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE FOR HABYALIMANA AND NTARYAMIRA

Source: rwandansrights.org

Justice for Habyalimana & Ntaryamira Campaign

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A Conversation with Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

25 Dec

A Conversation with Paul Kagame, President of Rwand

For the past 12 years, President Paul Kagame has ruled Rwanda with a firm hand, stabilizing a country that was torn apart by genocide only 18-years ago. Nevertheless, his opponents say his rule has come at a cost—harassment of journalists, politically motivated killings, and a crackdown on human rights defenders. Above all, Kagame has been accused of supporting a violent rebel insurgency in eastern Congo, a charge he repeatedly and vehemently denies.

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Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Joins House Colleagues In Asking For Congo Envoys

13 Dec

Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Joins House Colleagues In Asking For Congo Envoys

Washington, D.C.  –  Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights joined 12 members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking the Obama Administration to appoint a U.S. envoy as well as the appointment of a U.N. envoy to help in diffusing the crisis engulfing eastern Congo.

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Rwanda, Uganda helped DR Congo rebel offensive: UN experts

3 Dec

Rwanda, Uganda helped DR Congo rebel offensive: UN experts

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The Conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation with Steve Hege

3 Dec

The Conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation with Steve Hege

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Document Sent to U.N. on Rwandan Involvement with Congo Rebels

2 Dec

November 30, 2012

A document written by a six-member United Nations investigative panel and sent to a Security Council committee argues that the Rwandan army had entered Congo and had helped the rebels capture Goma in the first place.

Document Sent to U.N. on Rwandan Involvement with Congo Rebels

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UN Group of Experts report on the Democratic Republic of Congo

22 Nov

22 November 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague and Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening: “We judge the overall body of evidence of Rwandan involvement with M23 in the DRC to be credible and compelling.”

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U.N. Security Council’s Group of Experts report on Congo

21 Nov

A confidential report by the U.N. Security Council’s Group of Experts, first seen by Reuters last month and made public on Wednesday, said Rwandan troops have also been reinforcing M23 operations and supplying weapons and ammunition, while Rwandan Defense Minister James Kabarebe has been commanding the entire rebellion from Kigali.

The full U.N. Security Council’s Group of Experts report on Congo can be see here