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Congress to investigate Kagame’s spy actions against Americans with Pegasus

Last year, the world was shocked to learn that Rwandan President Paul Kagame was using Israeli spy software, Pegasus to spy on his perceived enemies. They include Americans. One American citizen he targeted is Carine Kanimba. She found out the security on her phone had been compromised when she was in Belgium advocating for her father’s release.

Kanimba said, “It was bad enough that they kidnapped my father, tortured him, and robbed him of his legal rights. Now we find out that they have listened to my conversations with the US State Department, Belgium Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, and our attorneys. This adds insult to injury.”

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Rwanda

U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Rwanda

37th SessionGeneva, January 25, 2021

As Delivered by Charles Bentley, U.S. Mission to International Organizations in GenevaThe United States warmly welcomes the Rwandan delegation.We recommend that Rwanda:

  1. Promote the right to freedom of expression by ending detentions and harassment of members of the media and civil society for their reporting.
  2. Independently and transparently investigate credible allegations of unlawful or arbitrary arrests and detentions, killings, and enforced disappearances of human rights defenders, political opponents, and journalists, prosecuting alleged perpetrators under the law.
  3. Enforce the protection of all persons’ rights to life and liberty by strengthening the independence of the justice system and ensuring no one is convicted on the basis of information extracted under torture or duress.

We commend Rwanda’s progress increasing gender equality and access to education.  However, we are concerned about limited civic and political space, specifically unduly burdensome permitting requirements which inhibit the right of peaceful assembly.

By U.S. Embassy Rwanda | 26 January, 2021

Paul Kagame dans les bras du terrorisme international ?

RWANDA. PAUL KAGAME DANS LES BRAS DU TERRORISME INTERNATIONAL ?

Dans son édition du 22 janvier 2020, le journal chimpreports.com révélait la présence à Kigali de Moustapha Ould Limam Chafi, bien connu pour son financement du terrorisme international. Ce mauritanien est recherché activement par les services secrets occidentaux, notamment français et américains. La Mauritanie a également lancé un mandat d’arrêt international contre son ressortissant pour le financement d’AQMI (Al Qaïda au Maghreb Islamique), un mouvement terroriste opérant dans les pays du Sahel.

Le 21 avril 2019, Moustapha Chafi était parmi les hautes personnalités venues accueillir l’émir du Qatar, Cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, à l’aéroport de Kigali.

Cette présence de Moustapha Chafi parmi les plus hautes personnalités rwandaises venues accueillir un hôte de marque est révélatrice du degré de relations étroites entre lui et le président Paul Kagame.

En effet, pour être aligné parmi les VIP devant saluer un Chef d’Etat à sa descente d’avion, il faut montrer patte blanche. Il faut être dans le cercle restreint du pouvoir en place pour fouler le tapis rouge destiné aux hôtes de marque. Au Rwanda, Moustapha Chafi a acquis ce statut. A en croire le journal medium.com, Moustapha Chafi voyagerait sur passeport diplomatique rwandais.

Une photo prise à l’occasion de cette visite montre Moustapha Chafi serrant chaleureusement la main de l’émir du Qatar, un signe qui ne trompa pas non plus sur leurs accointances. Or, le Qatar, malgré ses dénégations, est pointé lui aussi du doigt pour son rôle dans le financement du terrorisme international.

Au Rwanda, le Qatar a raflé tous les bijoux de famille non seulement par la signature des accords dans des domaines vitaux de l’économie rwandaise : tourisme, commerce, investissements, et surtout en achetant, monnaie sonnante et trébuchante, l’aéroport international du Bugesera et Air Rwanda, la société des transports aérien du Rwanda.

Les relations du président rwandais et les milieux terroristes sont motivées, à la base, par la recherche effrénée de l’argent. Pour son goût démesuré du lucre, Paul Kagame n’est pas à son premier coup, pris la main dans le sac en train de s’acoquiner avec les parrains du terrorisme international.

En guise d’illustration, citons le cas de Victor Bout. Arrêté en Thaïlande en 2008, ce « marchand de mort » (Lord of War) russe est emprisonné actuellement aux USA où il a été condamné à 25 ans de prison pour terrorisme. En 1996-1998, lors de la guerre du Congo, Victor Bout avait mis ses avions au service de Paul Kagame pour transporter les minerais pillés au en Rd-Congo vers le Rwanda. Victor Bout appartenait à un de ces réseaux criminels transnationaux entretenus par Paul Kagame et ses proches. Les relations entre Paul Kagame et Victor Bout portaient entre autres, selon les rapports de l’ONU (S/2000/203 du 10 mars 2000 et S/2002/1146 du 21 octobre 2002), sur la fourniture d’armes et la vente de diamants. Bout a séjourné à plusieurs reprises au Rwanda. Il fournissait les armes également au RCD-Goma, une autre création du Rwanda.

Victor Bout étant quelqu’un qui mange à tous les râteliers, il entretenait également des amitiés avec des réseaux terroristes à qui il vendait du matériel militaire.

Un autre cas et non des moindres est le cas de Jamil Mukulu. Chef des ADF, Mukulu a été à la tête d’un groupe islamiste opérant dans la région de Béni en RD-Congo. Ce mouvement est supposé combattre le pouvoir de Yoweri Museveni en Ouganda. Au lieu de cela, il a servi de couverture aux militaires de Paul Kagame et à d’autres mouvements qu’il entretient pour semer la désolation dans cette partie du Congo. Cela est d’autant plus vrai que Jamil Mukulu avait à sa disposition des gardes de sécurité lui donnés par Kigali et il sillonnait la région des Grands Lacs avec un passeport diplomatique rwandais. Jamil Mukulu a été intercepté en Tanzanie en 2015 et est en prison en Ouganda.

Gaspard Musabyimana
28/01/2020

Source: www.echosdafrique.com

Press Releases: Department of State Actions in Response to Russian Harassment

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Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 29, 2016

 


The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to two recreational compounds in the United States owned by the Russian Government.

The Department took these actions as part of a comprehensive response to Russia’s interference in the U.S. election and to a pattern of harassment of our diplomats overseas that has increased over the last four years, including a significant increase in the last 12 months. This harassment has involved arbitrary police stops, physical assault, and the broadcast on State TV of personal details about our personnel that put them at risk. In addition, the Russian Government has impeded our diplomatic operations by, among other actions: forcing the closure of 28 American corners which hosted cultural programs and English-language teaching; blocking our efforts to begin the construction of a new, safer facility for our Consulate General in St. Petersburg; and rejecting requests to improve perimeter security at the current, outdated facility in St. Petersburg.

Today’s actions send a clear message that such behavior is unacceptable and will have consequences.

…We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans first…President Obama.

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people: Regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning.

And that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true. The sun is up. And I know everybody had a long night. I did, as well. I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night — about 3:30 in the morning, I think it was — to congratulate him on winning the election. And I had a chance to invite him to come to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.

Now, it is no secret that the President-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running. And one thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency, and the vice presidency, is bigger than any of us.

So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the President-elect — because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.

I also had a chance last night to speak with Secretary Clinton, and I just had a chance to hear her remarks. I could not be prouder of her. She has lived an extraordinary life of public service. She was a great First Lady. She was an outstanding senator for the state of New York. And she could not have been a better Secretary of State. I’m proud of her. A lot of Americans look up to her. Her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics. And I am absolutely confident that she and President Clinton will continue to do great work for people here in the United States and all around the world.

Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country. That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night. That’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I was heartened by that. That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion; a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other. I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition, and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.

I also told my team today to keep their heads up, because the remarkable work that they have done day in, day out — often without a lot of fanfare, often without a lot of attention — work in agencies, work in obscure areas of policy that make government run better and make it more responsive, and make it more efficient, and make it more service-friendly so that it’s actually helping more people — that remarkable work has left the next President with a stronger, better country than the one that existed eight years ago.

So win or lose in this election, that was always our mission. That was our mission from day one. And everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything that they have done, and so should all the Americans that I’ve had a chance to meet all across this country who do the hard work of building on that progress every single day. Teachers in schools, doctors in the ER clinic, small businesses putting their all into starting something up, making sure they’re treating their employees well. All the important work that’s done by moms and dads and families and congregations in every state. The work of perfecting this union.

So this was a long and hard-fought campaign. A lot of our fellow Americans are exultant today. A lot of Americans are less so. But that’s the nature of campaigns. That’s the nature of democracy. It is hard, and sometimes contentious and noisy, and it’s not always inspiring.

But to the young people who got into politics for the first time, and may be disappointed by the results, I just want you to know, you have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. As Secretary Clinton said this morning, fighting for what is right is worth it.

Sometimes you lose an argument. Sometimes you lose an election. The path that this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag, and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back. And that’s okay. I’ve lost elections before. Joe hasn’t. (Laughter.) But you know.

(The Vice President blesses himself.) (Laughter.)

So I’ve been sort of —

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Remember, you beat me badly. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: That’s the way politics works sometimes. We try really hard to persuade people that we’re right. And then people vote. And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena. We go at it. We try even harder the next time.

The point, though, is, is that we all go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens — because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far.

And that’s why I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on as Americans will go on. And I am looking forward to doing everything that I can to make sure that the next President is successful in that. I have said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner — you take the baton, you run your best race, and hopefully, by the time you hand it off you’re a little further ahead, you’ve made a little progress. And I can say that we’ve done that, and I want to make sure that handoff is well-executed, because ultimately we’re all on the same team.

All right? Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.)

President Obama on elections

“Those responsible for war crimes even at the highest levels cannot expect to escape justice” US Dept of State

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Press Statement

John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
March 22, 2016

The United States welcomes yesterday’s verdict at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and previously a leader of a Congolese rebel group that committed widespread atrocities in the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2002 to 2003. His conviction for rape, murder, and pillaging as war crimes and crimes against humanity while a rebel leader brings an important measure of justice to the victims of these crimes and in particular advances the fight against impunity for sexual violence in conflict.

Those who are responsible for such heinous acts must be held accountable. Yesterday’s verdict, which recognizes Bemba’s command responsibility for atrocities committed by his forces, demonstrates that those responsible for such crimes—even those at the highest levels—cannot expect to escape justice. Secretary Kerry has reinforced this important principle, stating at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict that “responsibility goes straight to the top, even to the military commanders who knew or should have known about sexual violence and failed to act.”

The United States supports the ICC’s investigations in the Central African Republic, and we commend CAR’s commitment to ensuring accountability for serious crimes, including through its cooperation with the ICC in this matter as well as through domestic efforts to pursue justice. Yesterday’s decision follows other important recent efforts through both national and international judicial processes to begin to change the culture of impunity in the region. Recognizing the importance of this decision to many in Central Africa, we urge all stakeholders to respond in a measured and non-violent manner to this landmark judgment.

UGANDA Polls: US encourages those who wish to contest results.

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Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 20, 2016

 


The United States commends the Ugandan people for participating actively and peacefully in the February 18 elections. While the vote occurred without major unrest, we must acknowledge numerous reports of irregularities and official conduct that are deeply inconsistent with international standards and expectations for any democratic process.

Delays in the delivery of voting materials, reports of pre-checked ballots and vote buying, ongoing blockage of social media sites, and excessive use of force by the police, collectively undermine the integrity of the electoral process. The Ugandan people deserved better. We are also concerned by the continued house arrest of opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye. We call for his immediate release and the restoration of access to all social media sites.

We encourage those who wish to contest the election results to do so peacefully and in accordance with Uganda’s laws and judicial process, and urge the Ugandan government to respect the rights and freedoms of its people and refrain from interference in those processes.

Source: US Department of State

Apartheid of another kind sustained by the US in Rwanda

Protest against Paul Kagame - Madrid - July 2010

 

“Based on the recent change of Rwandan Genocide’s name to Genocide against Tutsis, this emphasizes that the International Community (UN) behavior towards Rwanda is very crooked and corrupted by President Kagame’s regime. This is absolutely senseless. The 1994 Rwandan genocide recorded victims to be more than 800,000. These victims were not Tutsis only; the majority of them were Hutus and Twas, therefore to rename it as if it was against Tutsis only, this is to discriminate Hutus and Twas victims of that genocide. This is too foolish that the world is writing wrong history. This is the product of impunity because the RPF after 1994 continued a genocide against Hutus and Congolese people until now and the perpetrators were never brought to book ; instead they continue to commit atrocities against Hutus”.

 

The following is an extract from a long article initially published by Global Research News. It is authored by The Rwanda Youth for Leadership and Change Initiative. The piece points out the state of discrimination against Hutus and their oppression in Rwanda despite president Kagame claiming reconciliation and economic progress. And sad is the reality that US and UK continue sustaining the regime unconditionally like at the time of South African apartheid when the two countries persisted doing business with Pretoria until the wind of change became irreversible. Rwandans, Africans and the rest of the world need to stand strongly firm against Kagame’s apartheid in Rwanda, because not only does it affect the lives of more than 90% of Rwandans, but because it also jeopardize regional peace. More than 8 millions, particularly in Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda have died since his movement unleashed its hordes of terror all other the Great Lakes area since 1st October 1990 up to now.

 

The Rwanda Youth for Leadership and Change Initiative (RY4LCI) strongly condemns the United States of America (USA) for its inconsistent and fallacious behavior opposing the long-lasting pacification of the Great Lakes Region of Africa by SADC (Southern African Countries Development Community) initiative and FDLR (Democratic Forces for Liberation of Rwanda) bravery to peacefully finding solutions through negotiations with Rwandan dictatorial regime led by war criminal and genocidaire President Paul Kagame.

Following the recent speech of President Obama’s special envoy to central Africa Russell Feingold at the USA president’s summit with African leaders in Washington; “We have to get rid of the FDLR, not so much because of their military capacity, but because of what they represent and the destabilizing effect that they have with regard to relations with Rwanda. That is our top priority,” he said. “I’ve been involved with efforts to communicate to them that it’s time for them to surrender. That they will be attacked militarily if they don’t. That there will be no political dialogue,” he also added.

The latter utterances show that the USA is undermining the values of democracy, freedom and peace in Africa as well as worldwide by supporting the malicious ideas and acts of dictatorship in Africa where it denies political dialogue between FDLR and Kigali dictatorial regime of president Paul Kagame. It appears bizarre for the USA which urged Democratic Republic of Congo to have political talks with the defeated M23 rebels who were fully supported by Rwanda and Uganda, and now it denies the political dialogue between Rwanda and FDLR for regional pacification.

This is a shame on the USA to intimidate the FDLR by continuing to help the Rwandan regime to exterminate these Hutus refugees, survivors of Rwanda RPF (Rwanda Patriotic Front) regime massacres in its systematic extermination of Hutu ethnic group people. These are abandoned refugees by international community in the forests of Democratic Republic Congo and when they found they were to be completely exterminated by the RPF army, they formed FDLR (Democratic Forces for Liberation of Rwanda) a politico-military party in order to protect themselves against these RPF systematic and sponsored massacres against Hutus, and also to find how to help to return these refugees in their home country with dignity.

FDLR does not advocate for only these refugees hunted by Tutsis RPF regime in the forests of DR Congo for over two decades but also for other Hutus refugees scattered in African countries like the Central African Republic, Congo Brazaville, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe… as well as worldwide in general. These refugees are living in plight conditions with no international aid for basic subsistence, health or education. They are abandoned and everyone knows that the Rwandan regime has extensively propagandized that these Hutus are genocidaires and that they don’t deserve any international help. Instead they must return in Rwanda to be tortured, oppressed, imprisoned and killed.

It is a shame on the International community to have abandoned Rwandans and partnered with the dictatorial regime of President Kagame, hence helping him to make Rwanda increasingly divisive, oppressive, bloodstained and totalitarian than any other regime in its history.
For over the last 20 years, the UN and different human rights organizations have released many documented reports on how the President Kagame’s regime has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of genocide against Hutus inside and outside Rwanda, and against Congolese where more than 6 million people perished. Those reports were half released, hidden, thrown in the cupboards of UN Offices or probably suppressed because the current regime in Rwanda is backed by USA and UK who are allied Kagame clique’s system instead of partnering Rwandans which is in contrary to what USA president Obama preaches where he said that “Africa does not need strong men, it needs strong institutions”.

Based on the recent change of Rwandan Genocide’s name to Genocide against Tutsis, this emphasizes that the International Community (UN) behavior towards Rwanda is very crooked and corrupted by President Kagame’s regime. This is absolutely senseless. The 1994 Rwandan genocide recorded victims to be more than 800,000. These victims were not Tutsis only; the majority of them were Hutus and Twas, therefore to rename it as if it was against Tutsis only, this is to discriminate Hutus and Twas victims of that genocide. This is too foolish that the world is writing wrong history. This is the product of impunity because the RPF after 1994 continued a genocide against Hutus and Congolese people until now and the perpetrators were never brought to book ; instead they continue to commit atrocities against Hutus.

To read the full article, please click HERE.

source: http://therisingcontinent.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/apartheid-of-another-kind-sustained-by-us-in-rwanda-of-kagame/