Rwanda http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29845/all en URGENT ¥¥¥ UN court overturns genocide convictions of two ex-ministers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/urgent-un-court-overturns-genocide-convictions-two-ex-ministers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A UN appeal court Monday overturned genocide convictions of two Rwandan ex-ministers who were jailed for 30 years in 2011, and ordered their immediate release.</p> <p>Appeals judge Theodor Meron overturned convictions for complicity to commit genocide and incitement to commit genocide against Justin Mugenzi, who was trade minister during the 1994 genocide, and Prosper Mugiraneza, former minister in charge of civil servants.</p> <p>er-hv/yad</p> Christianity and violence Criminal law Rwanda AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:46:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745104 at http://www.globalpost.com UN court overturns genocide convictions of two ex-ministers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/un-court-overturns-genocide-convictions-two-ex-ministers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A UN appeal court Monday overturned genocide convictions of two Rwandan ex-ministers who were jailed for 30 years in 2011, and ordered their immediate release.</p> <p>Appeal judge Theodor Meron overturned convictions for complicity to commit genocide and incitement to commit genocide against Justin Mugenzi, who was trade minister during the 1994 genocide, and Prosper Mugiraneza, former minister in charge of civil servants.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/un-court-overturns-genocide-convictions-two-ex-ministers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity and violence Criminal law Rwanda AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:15:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745118 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. court acquits two Rwandan ex-ministers of genocide http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/un-court-acquits-two-rwandan-ex-ministers-genocide <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala</p> <p>DAR ES SALAAM, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Two former Rwandan ministers were freed from 30 year jail terms on Monday after their convictions for their role in the country's 100 days of genocidal slaughter in 1994 were overturned at appeal.</p> <p>During the genocide, some 800,000 of the minority Tutsi ethnic group and moderate Hutus were butchered in systematic killings by extremist Hutus, tearing the country apart along its ethnic seams.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/un-court-acquits-two-rwandan-ex-ministers-genocide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Casimir Bizimungu Rwanda Rwandan Genocide Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:15:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745516 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Rwanda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/factbox-key-political-risks-to-watch-in-rwanda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jenny Clover</p> <p>KIGALI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Rwanda has warned it will not tolerate attempts to blame it for a rebel insurgency in eastern Congo but vowed to use its two-year U.N. Security Council stint to seek an end to the conflict that has destabilised its much larger neighbour.</p> <p>Western donors, including the European Union, suspended some financial support in the wake of a U.N .-commissioned report that accused Kigali of backing the M23 rebels. Germany, however, has now unblocked its aid, signalling the aid freeze may end soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/factbox-key-political-risks-to-watch-in-rwanda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Political geography Rwanda Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:00:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749972 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwanda puts genocide tribunal's legacy under the spotlight http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/rwanda-puts-genocide-tribunals-legacy-under-the-spotlight <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* U.N. tribunal has cost in excess of $1 billion</p> <p>* Court quashed convictions against two ministers this week</p> <p>* Rwanda prosecutor says court dismantling its legacy</p> <p>By Jenny Clover</p> <p>KIGALI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The U.N.-backed war-crimes court trying chief Rwandan genocide suspects risks going down as a $1 billion white elephant, Rwandan officials and a survivors group said after the court overturned the conviction of two former ministers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/rwanda-puts-genocide-tribunals-legacy-under-the-spotlight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> African people Crime Rwanda Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:00:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5750246 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwandan genocide suspect rejects charges http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/rwandan-genocide-suspect-rejects-charges <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rwandan ex-politician Leon Mugesera, who is on trial for incitement to genocide, rejected all charges against him Friday, saying he was in Canada when the killings began in Rwanda in 1994.</p> <p>"I reject formally and categorically all the charges against me, I deny having been involved in the killings directly or indirectly," he told the court, speaking in Kinyarwanda.</p> <p>Mugesera, a linguist, allegedly called Tutsis "cockroaches" and "scum", and encouraged his fellow Hutus to kill them in a 1992 speech.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/rwandan-genocide-suspect-rejects-charges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Leon Mugesera Rwanda Rwandan Genocide AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:16:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756791 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwanda opposition parties say Kagame seeking third term http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/rwanda-opposition-parties-say-kagame-seeking-third-term <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The two main Rwandan opposition parties in exile in a statement Monday accused President Paul Kagame of seeking to amend the constitution to have a third term in office.</p> <p>The Unified Democratic Forces (FDU) and the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) held a joint meeting in the South African city Johannesburg that ended late Sunday.</p> <p>"The meeting condemns in the strongest terms possible the current manoeuvres by President Paul Kagame to amend the constitution allowing him to stand for a third term...," the parties said in their closing statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/rwanda-opposition-parties-say-kagame-seeking-third-term" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Paul Kagame Political geography Rwanda AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:15:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5765755 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwanda's Kagame brushes off speculation over third term http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/rwandas-kagame-brushes-speculation-over-third-term <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Pro-govt articles suggest Kagame could extend rule</p> <p>* Third term would anger critics, need constitution change</p> <p>* Kagame says doesn't need job but does not rule out rumours</p> <p>KIGALI, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame responded to speculation he might seek a third term by telling journalists on Wednesday "I don't need this job", but did not clearly rule out the possibility of extending his time in office.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/rwandas-kagame-brushes-speculation-over-third-term" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa International relations Paul Kagame Rwanda Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:45:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5768831 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Rwanda's Kagame brushes off speculation over third term http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/update-1-rwandas-kagame-brushes-speculation-over-third-term <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Corrects quote in first par to "third term")</p> <p>* Pro-govt articles suggest Kagame could extend rule</p> <p>* Third term would anger critics, need constitution change</p> <p>* Says doesn't need third term but does not rule out</p> <p>KIGALI, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame responded to speculation he might run for office again by telling journalists on Wednesday "I don't need (a third term)", but did not clearly rule out the possibility of staying on.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/update-1-rwandas-kagame-brushes-speculation-over-third-term" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa International relations Paul Kagame Rwanda Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:30:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5768941 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwandan woman becomes first ever Dutch genocide convict http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/rwandan-woman-becomes-first-ever-dutch-genocide-convict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A court in the Netherlands on Friday jailed Dutch-Rwandan woman Yvonne Basebya for inciting genocide in the central African nation in 1994, the first such conviction ever of a Dutch national.</p> <p>"The court orders the suspect jailed for six years and eight months," judge Rene Elkerbout said, acquitting her of other charges including war crimes and genocide perpetration.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/rwandan-woman-becomes-first-ever-dutch-genocide-convict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ethnic groups in Africa Rwanda Rwandan Genocide War Yvonne Basebya AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:46:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770888 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Dutch court jails Rwandan woman for incitement to genocide http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130301/update-1-dutch-court-jails-rwandan-woman-incitement-genocide <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds judge quote, context)</p> <p>THE HAGUE, March 1 (Reuters) - A Dutch court on Friday sentenced a Rwandan-born Dutch citizen to six years and eight months in jail for inciting genocide two decades ago.</p> <p>Judges said Yvonne Besabya, 66, had stoked hatred against her ethnic Tutsi neighbours before Rwanda's 1994 genocide in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130301/update-1-dutch-court-jails-rwandan-woman-incitement-genocide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethnic groups in Africa Rwanda Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:15:46 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5770904 at http://www.globalpost.com French prosecutors seek trial for Rwanda genocide suspect http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/french-prosecutors-seek-trial-rwanda-genocide-suspect <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Prosecutors on Monday called for a former captain in the Rwandan army to be put on trial in what would be France's first prosecution for the country's 1994 genocide.</p> <p>Investigating magistrates with a special crimes against humanity division will decide whether Pascal Simbikangwa, a 53-year-old arrested on the French island of Mayotte in 2008, will face the charges of "complicity in genocide".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/french-prosecutors-seek-trial-rwanda-genocide-suspect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Criminal law Rwanda AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:00:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772692 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch prosecutors appeal Rwandan's genocide sentence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/dutch-prosecutors-appeal-rwandans-genocide-sentence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday appealed a Rwandan-born woman's six-year sentence for inciting genocide, insisting she deserved harsher punishment because she was a "co-perpetrator" of the 1994 massacres in the central African nation.</p> <p>In the first such conviction, a court in the Netherlands earlier this month sentenced Yvonne Basebya, a 66-year-old Dutch citizen, to six years and eight months for her role in the slaughter of almost a million people, committed by Hutu extremists against minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/dutch-prosecutors-appeal-rwandans-genocide-sentence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Rwanda Rwandan Genocide Social Issues AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:33:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5782476 at http://www.globalpost.com Appeal opens for jailed Rwandan opposition leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130325/appeal-opens-jailed-rwandan-opposition-leader <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KIGALI (Reuters) - A jailed Rwandan opposition leader was in court on Monday to appeal against her conviction in a case linked to the 1994 genocide after a trial last year that Amnesty International called "flawed".</p> <p>Victoire Ingabire, head of the unregistered FDU-Inkingi party, was imprisoned for eight years in October for conspiring to harm the country through armed force and terror and for seeking to minimise the genocide in which more than 800,000 people died.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130325/appeal-opens-jailed-rwandan-opposition-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business Hospitality International relations Law Politics Rwanda Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:15:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5793565 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwanda grenade attack kills one, injures eight - police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130326/rwanda-grenade-attack-kills-one-injures-eight-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KIGALI (Reuters) - A grenade blast in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Tuesday killed one person and injured eight others, a police spokesman said, in an attack reminiscent of similar incidents beginning in 2010.</p> <p>The grenade exploded in the early evening between a bus station and a market in the Kimironko area of Kigali, the spokesman said.</p> <p>Police later said on their Twitter site that two suspects had been arrested.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130326/rwanda-grenade-attack-kills-one-injures-eight-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Political geography Rwanda Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:46:11 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5794633 at http://www.globalpost.com