Saturday May 18, 2013
Bring President Kagame to the International Criminal Court!Jennifer Fierberg, MSW Salem-News.com
Many believe that President Kagame should be praised for “stopping the 1994 genocide” but one should read the history on how the genocide started.
(WASHINGTON DC) - Over the last two months the Government of Rwanda has faced some of the hardest financial and public relation challenges since the 1994 Genocide. The UN Group of Experts has found unequivocal evidence that Paul Kagame is providing weapons, soldiers; communication equipment and ammunition to a rebel group in the DR Congo called the M23.
This group has directly caused increased instability in Eastern DRC which is in direct violation of the Obama Law 109-456 which authorized the U.S. Secretary of State to halt aid to any countries destabilizing the Democratic Republic of the Congo. President Kagame’s legacy will be that he has made it his mission to destabilize the Congo in order to rape it of its minerals for his personal gain and financial benefit.
The Rwandan Government has published a detailed rebuttal to the UN GoE report which has largely gone unnoticed because of their reputation of denial and false testimony to any allegation against them. They made the same claims to the UN Mapping Report (2).
It is an open secret that Rwanda invaded the Congo in 1996 and 1998 in order to hunt down suspected genocide perpetrators and yet over 6 million men, women and children have been murdered and hundreds of thousands of women raped.
Were these children really genocide perpetrators?
Many believe that President Kagame should be praised for “stopping the 1994 genocide” but one should read the history on how the genocide started. Dictators are known for starting wars so they can stop them, gain power and become a hero.
At this point Kagame has become a very questionable figure and many of his financial backers are taking a second look at his history and how he has destabilized the region. Frankly, it is about time people stop turning a blind eye to his rule of impunity and begin to hold him accountable.
One of the most prominent opposition groups to the current Rwandan Government, The Rwanda National Congress has released a press statement calling for President Kagame to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and be held accountable for his crimes.
The press statement is below:
Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.
Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer is also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village (www.africaglobalvillage.com) Jennifer comes to www.Salem-News.com with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa. <
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