On April 22, 1995, Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) regime massacred over 8,000 internally displaced Hutus in Kibeho, southern Rwanda.
It is this date that the United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi), a Rwandan political opposition party, has earmarked to commemorate the genocide committed by the RPF against the Hutus.
The FDU-Inkingi join all Rwandans and friends of Rwanda in honouring the memory of the victims of this genocide whose perpetrators, in power in Kigali, have not yet been prosecuted.
The FDU-Inkingi would like to remind the international community and all Rwandans that it is their common duty to prosecute those responsible for these crimes against humanity to ensure that justice is served for the victims. Impunity is an encouragement for the perpetrators of these crimes to go on with violence. Indeed, for more than 30 years now, this tragedy continues in total impunity in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the RPF and its proxy armed rebel groups, such as the M23, regularly massacre civilians based on their ethnic origins.
Several rigorous and independent investigations having collected solid evidence on the genocide against the Hutus (Robert Gersony_11 October 1994, Roberto Garreton_2 April 1997, Mapping report October 2010), the FDU-Inkingi call on the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, to assume its responsibilities by ensuring that those responsible for these crimes are tried by a credible and independent court.
The FDU are determined to do everything in their power to ensure that this genocide committed against the Hutus is recognized, that its memory is observed and that the victims obtain justice and protection. The FDU-Inkingi reiterate their commitment to the people of Rwanda to build a political system that guarantees peace, security and justice for all Rwandans, and a Rwanda where everyone’s life is taken as sacred and is protected.
Done in Brussels, April 22, 2023
Placide Kayumba, President of the FDU-Inkingi