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Bring President Kagame to the International Criminal Court!

Many believe that President Kagame should be praised for “stopping the 1994 genocide” but one should read the history on how the genocide started.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame during a recent visit to William Penn University, photo by Jennifer Fierberg Salem-News.com
Rwanda President Paul Kagame during a recent visit to William Penn University, photo by Jennifer Fierberg Salem-News.com

(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:

PRESS RELEASE

Date: 06 August, 2012

RWANDANS AND CONGOLESE TO BRING PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) On 17 August 2012, Rwandans will be joined by Congolese to formally file a complaint with the International Criminal Court, and demand that the prosecutor lay charges against President Paul Kagame and his accomplices based on REPORTS OF THE GROUP OF EXPERTS SUBMITTED THROUGH THE SECURITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 1533 (2004) CONCERNING THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO 1, Report of the DRC Mapping Exercise documenting the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the DRC between March 1993 and June 2003 2, and the Addendum to the interim report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo (S/2012/348) concerning violations of the arms embargo and sanctions regime by the Government of Rwanda.

We invite Rwandans, Congolese, Africans, and members of the international community to witness this historical moment and to sign the subsequent petition in front of the International Criminal Court Building, The Hague (Netherlands), from 11:00 to 14:00.

Thanks to the efforts of members of the civil society, JAMBO asbl, le Centre de Lutte contre l'Impunité et l'Injustice (CLIIR) and the Women's International Network for democracy and Peace (RIFDP - Holland and Belgium).

 Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana          Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa

JUSTICE SHALL PREVAIL!


COORDINATING COMMITTEE FDU-INKINGI
Coordinator
Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana
Lausanne, Switzerland

RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC)
Interim Committee,
Coordinator
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
Washington DC, USA

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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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Ralph E. Stone August 7, 2012 8:02 am (Pacific time)

The so-called Rwanda civil war was in reality a brutal struggle for political power between the Hutu-led coalition government of Juvénal Habyarimana supported by France and the RPF-backed Tutsi forces backed financially and militarily by the United States. The Hutu-Tutsi rivalry was used deliberately in the pursuit of U.S. strategic and geopolitical objectives by establishing a U.S. sphere of influence in Central Africa, a region historically dominated by France and Belgium. What was at stake? The region's vast geostrategic mineral wealth, i.e., cobalt, oil, natural gas, copper, uranium, tin, coltan, cassiterite, gold, and diamonds,

In April 1994, according to French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguière and many others, the RPF shot down the plane carrying Rwandan President Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira, which was the catalyst for the Genocide.

By July 1994, the RPF completed its coup d´etat and consolidated its power in Rwanda. See my article "Kagame's Rwanda: Myth and Reality" (www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/230174)


Fred August 7, 2012 3:34 am (Pacific time)

@ Editor, who checks out the writings of Jennifer? which credibility should I give them? Why do you bother with African affairs as if they don't think? count crime that are committed in your countries, am tired of these whites so called experts without qualities of justice ever western sided and full of jealous. Leave Africa alone and kagame alone!


S Nabende August 7, 2012 1:04 am (Pacific time)

The story of Kagame does not start in Rwanda but in Uganda in 1981 where together with Museveni they attacked a government facility to rob arms for fighting a host government . Kagame lived in Uganda as a refugee from childhood. they formed NRA, fought and took over government in Kampala in 1986. By 1990 Kagame was a general in Uganda's UPDF which had a significant Rwanda presence. That year he broke off with many of his fellow Rwandan Tustis to attack their homeland, Rwanda which they took control of in 1994 after a genocide. Kagame fought with Nkunda and Ntaganda in RPF. After taking over Kigali, next mission was Congo. Nkunda and Ntaganda are still fighting in DRC as part of the initial Tusti strategy to takeover control of East and Central Africa where by coincidence they have a presence in each of the countries as minority tribal groupings. The present war in DRC, the killing of innocent civilians is an extension of the project started by Kagame and Museveni in Iganda in 1981. It is high time the international community accepted the truth and put a halt to this project of madness.


nimes August 6, 2012 10:33 pm (Pacific time)

your CV is impresive but we are tired with so called expept on africa they were there before and during the genocide praising the majority now we can decide our destny without so called western expert like you


Doe Fred August 6, 2012 11:33 pm (Pacific time)

The truth always come using stairs. Lies goes on lifts. We died and perished like grass in Kisangani when Kagame and Museveni fought their personal war in the city of Kisangani, without process. I thought time to drag Kagame to the projector will not come. Jennifer God of all be with you.


Peace lover August 6, 2012 10:06 pm (Pacific time)

Who can believe you - you selfish, tribalists, one-sided, money-minded and individualized persons? Who doesn't know what happened in Rwanda? of course Kagame stopped genocide! And again talk about Congo; every body is a ware of the groups linked to wars in Congo. There is not any Black mining factory or business in Congo but only Whites. Kagame is not white mind you. Go and see who is behind smuggling of the Congo minerals, and thereafter you can write what you want to write about. Ehh does journalism have anything to do with hate or ignorance? Please! Jennifer, stop writing lies about Africa and start writing the truth about America: Divorce,terror and shootings, economy, family abuse, homosexual, teen suicidal, murders and so on and so forth. Rwanda has issues yes, but you are making it more troubled than it was before by attacking our dear leader Mr. Kagame, yet for no good reasons.

Editor: 'Dear leader'?  Please, you sound like a partisan hack and a paid one at that.  Sure, Kagame has support from many people but they are wearing blinders and not paying any attention to the emerging information if  they think PK isn't responsible for the Genocide he is credited with ending.  Let the ICC decide, and the matter lest we forget in this case, is about the invasion and pillaging in the DRC.  So for the record, everything Jennifer writes checks out on every level and is well backed information. 

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