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Rwanda opposition leader loses appeal against four-year prison sentence by Steve Terrill

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Rwandan opposition leader loses appeal against four-year prison sentence

Created 2012-04-28 09:06
By Steve Terrill in Kigali
Report: Rwanda

Rwanda’s Supreme Court on Friday rejected an appeal by opposition politician, Bernard Ntaganda, against a four-year prison sentence

for allegedly stirring up ethnic hatred and undermining the country’s security.

Ntaganda, the president of Rwanda’s Ideal Social Party, was convicted last year of endangering national security, inciting ethnic divisions and attempting to organise demonstrations without authorisation.

Ntaganda’s party was the only one of three new opposition parties that succeeded in registering ahead of Rwanda’s 2010 presidential elections.

Ntaganda had announced plans to run in those elections but he was arrested at dawn [1] on the first day that presidential candidates could register and he has been detained ever since.

His conviction has been condemned by both US-based Human Rights Watch [2] and UK-based Amnesty International [3] who say the charges agains him are politically motivated.

According to the indictment against him, Ntaganda made public statements criticising government policies and the special Gacaca courts created to try genocide suspects, saying that some judges ruled against people based on their ethnicity.

In those statements Ntaganda is alleged to have referred to Rwanda’s ruling RPF party using a controversial expression in Kinyarwanda which, roughly translated, means “Put down what you are carrying and share it, or we will destroy it.”

Prosecutors said that statement was meant to incite violence against those in power.

President Paul Kagame [4]won reelection in 2010 [5] with 93 per cent of the vote.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Paris in September

Reuters/Philippe Wojazer (


Links:
[1] http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20100625-rwanda-opposition-leader-held-journalist-shot
[2] http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/04/27/rwanda-opposition-leader-s-sentence-upheld
[3] http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/rwandan-opposition-politician-jailed-exercising-rights-2011-02-14
[4] http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20110912-rwandan-leader-france-reconciliation-visit
[5] http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20100831-opposition-calls-fresh-elections-following-kagame-landslide
[6] http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20120406-rwandan-journalists-sentence-reduced-media-law-reform
[7] http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20120220-france-recalls-rwandan-ambassador-kigali
[8] http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20120125-Rwandan-justice-minister-welcomes-linguist-deported-genocide-charges
[9] http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20120112-diplomatic-crisis-between-rwanda-and-france

Rwanda journalists’ sentences reduced ahead of media law reform by Steve Terrill

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Rwandan journalists’ sentences reduced ahead of media law reform

Created 2012-04-06 09:18
By Steve Terrill in Kigali
Report: Rwanda

Rwanda’s Supreme Court Thursday reduced the sentences being served by two journalists, whose case drew international attention form media and human rights groups.

Agnes Uwimana Nkusi and Saidati Mukakibibi to four and three years from 17 and seven years respectively.

Nkusi, editor of the Umurabyo newspaper, was last year convicted of defamation, causing divisions and denying Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

Mukakibibi, the publication’s reporter, was found guilty of inciting civil disobedience.

“We welcome the acquittal on charges of genocide denial and divisionism as well as the sentence reductions, but we will continue to explore options to clear their names fully,” said lawyer Nani Jansen represented the journalists for the London-based Media Legal Defence Initiative [1].

Rwanda’s entire batch of media laws are being overhauled and new access to information statutes are being enacted.

The new rules were passed by Rwanda’s parliament earlier this week are expected to be signed by President Paul Kagame [2] by mid-2012.

Acting Director of Rwanda’s Media High Council, Emmanuel Mugisha, says the laws are not the primary problem facing Rwandan journalists.

“What Rwanda lacks is not free press, it’s professionalism,” he says. “If one came up with a true story covering the truth of the matter, I can assure you Rwanda is one of the best grounds where they may even reward a journalist who has unveiled a story which is going to show the government or the decision makers any wrong.”

Rwandan journalists, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi (L) and Saidati Mukakibibi (C), arrive on January 30, 2012 at Rwandan’s Supreme Court

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