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Rwanda: Kagame tortures opposition, arrests Ingabire's new lawyer

Rwandan opposition leaders Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Frank Habineza report ongoing torture of opposition party members arrested in Kigali on June 24th, 2010, as they attempted to protest exclusion from this year's presidential election.
Ingabire is the presidential candidate of Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi Party, Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda.
Ingabire also reports that her new lawyer, Mr. Theogene Muhayeyezu, has been arrested, tortured, and detained incommunicado. Yesterday her former U.S. lawyer, Peter Erlinder, and his Kenyan lawyers Kennedy Ogeto and Otachi Gershom, addressed the Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers' Guild, about the meaning of his three weeks incarceration in Rwanda after traveling there to defend Ingabire against charges of "genocide ideology," which he called "trumped up charges" and "thought crime." Rwanda's genocide ideology statutes ban disagreement with the official version of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, or, many say, disagreement with sitting President Paul Kagame.

The US Embassy is next door to Rwandan President Paul Kagame's offices, and the U.S.A. and the UK are both the dominant foreign powers in the region, and the most generous donors to the Rwandan government. Opposition leaders Habineza and Ingabire have both called on the U.S. and the UK to make real democracy and respect for human rights in Rwanda a condition of their ongoing support.

Umuseso Editor Didas Gasana said, "I would like the American people to know that their tax dollars are not going to build hospitals and schools, but to support one of the most brutal dictatorships in Africa."

Read more at Digital Journal,  http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/294121