Posts Tagged ‘RDR’

By Patrick Karuretwa and Stephanie Nyombayire Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The goals of international justice in fragile post-conflict settings are often framed in opposing terms of peace and justice. In some cases, however, it is necessary to step back and ask if either of these objectives is likely to be served by an international intervention. (more…)

Human Rights Watch Report 1995


After a year in exile, the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide have rebuilt their military infrastructure, largely in Zaire, and are rearming themselves in preparation for a violent return to Rwanda. Waging a campaign of terror and destabilization against the new government in Kigali, they have vowed, in the words of one official of the former Rwandan government, Col. Theoneste Bagasora, to “wage a war that will be long and full of dead people until the minority Tutsi are finished and completely out of the country.”1 (more…)

By Tom Ndahiro

On April 8, 2004, as part of the 10th commemoration of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, the President of the International Crisis Group (ICG) Gareth Evans and Stephen Ellis, ICG’s Africa Program Director published an article with a title:  ‘The Rwandan Genocide: Memory Is Not Enough’[1] The article reminds: “Each time such an atrocity happens, we look back wondering, with varying degrees of incomprehension, horror, anger and shame, how we could have let it all happen. And then we let it happen all over again.” The two authors maintain that something more than memory is required if another cataclysmic genocide was not to happen, sooner or later somewhere in world. They recommend “effective action” and also reiterated “the need for vigilance is nowhere greater than in Africa, where a genocidal ideology is far from dead, particularly in Central Africa.” (more…)

By: Tom Ndahiro


Between April and July 1994, the world tried to ignore the annihilation of Tutsi in Rwanda. Today, it is impossible for anyone to forget the genocide. In particular, for survivors – those I call “living victims” – the genocide is a daily reality: it stole their friends and relatives, their plans and aspirations, and continues to haunt them. Raphael Lemkin argued that genocide is coordinated plans to destroy the essential foundations of the life of a group so that it withers and dies like a plant that has suffered blight. Genocide is a crime against all of humankind; against all notions of human civilisation. But it is also a deeply personal crime committed against individuals who re-live the memories of the genocide like a vicious, recurring nightmare. Survivors remain victims of the perpetrators, many of whose ongoing preoccupation is to alter or erase the world’s memory of the genocide. (more…)

” The search for the Truth on the Rwandan Tragedy:The war of October 1990 and the tragedy of April 1994” Is a document  also available in the archives of the International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). It was written in the ex- Zaire in December 1995 by the former government army which planned, organised and supervised the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Many genocide deniers use it without quoting it. The Spanish Judge Fernando Andreu Merelles, seems to have been inspired by this document in the indictment he issued in 2008 against Rwandan government officials.  It is evil, but can be very useful to any scholar of Tutsi genocide denial. Click on the following link to open the document: EX-FAR and BIGOTRY

Victoire Ingabire is the President of RASSEMBLEMENT REPUBLICAIN POUR LA DEMOCRATIE AU RWANDA (RDR)  initially  was called the Return and Democracy in Rwanda. In March 1996 the RDR Cameroun branch made up of ideologues and planners of genocide, accused the United Nations Special Rapporteur of not being conversant with the social, political and historic realities of Rwanda, and of compiling his report on the basis of information furnished by persons who were implicated in the conflict. Otherwise, so they say, “he would have noted that those massacres had always stemmed from extremism, arrogance and murderous provocation by certain members of the Tutsi population”. For more click here: RDR Cameroun .

By Tom Ndahiro

The moment the mass murder of 1994 ended, the killers, switched tactics to killing the truth of what they had done and plotting their return to power.  It is important to keep this in mind when assessing critiques of democracy and governance in Rwanda today.

Genuine critics are important to the proper running of the country but there are others who utilise critique as a strategy to bring the genocidal program of Hutu Power back to legitimacy.  They assume the dress of democrats, hiding their blades and their murderous intentions.  Theirs is a strategy that was fashioned soon after the genocide. (more…)