(English) RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI CONSIDERS THE ATTITUDE OF IBUKA EUROPE TO THE DUTCH PARLIAMENT TO BE OUT OF PLACE

PRESS RELEASE

 

FDU-Inkingi have learnt through a newspaper close to the RPF government that the organization IBUKA-Europe held a two day meeting, 24-25 / 09/2016, chaired by the Ambassador of Rwanda to the Netherlands to express its outrage to the Dutch Parliament following its request to the Minister of Justice to suspend the extradition of two alleged Rwandan “genocidaires” to Rwanda , where they cannot get fair trial. In its statement IBUKA Europe is giving instructions to the Minister of Justice to ignore the parliament’s decision and to proceed with the extradition.

FDU-Inkingi find it outrageous that IBUKA taunts the Dutch Parliament the same way it does towards the Rwandan Parliament. IBUKA should know that there is real separation of powers in the Netherlands and that the Netherlands are a sovereign state and sovereign authority on its territory and in its relations with the outside world.

It is perfectly legitimate that the Dutch Parliament, in its capacity as representative of the people, asked the Minister of Justice:

–   His opinion on the report of the expert Mr. R. Witteveen, which involves the Rwanda’s ability to guarantee a fair trial in Rwanda. This expert was commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor to the Rwandan authorities on matters of justice.

–   How could the request for extradition be implemented when the official report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ambtsbericht Rwanda, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Augustus 2016) and several international human rights organizations have  highlighted the dictatorial nature the Rwandan regime and the persistent interference of politicians and the military particularly in trials against members of the political opposition while the Rwandan justice is “theoretically independent.”

The parliamentary majority recommends that, in light of the above, it is necessary to suspend the extradition and recommends inter alia that an impartial additional investigations be undertaken and that the matter be dealt with in the Netherlands where there is expertise and experience in the field.

FDU-Inkingi have always condemned the genocide committed against Tutsis and called the perpetrators to be brought to book. They at the same time condemned the exploitation of this genocide for political purposes. It is sickening to see that the organization IBUKA, which had a noble mission of defending the interests of genocide survivors, is transformed into a tool of the totalitarian regime of the RPF-Inkotanyi to conduct a witch hunt against real, or imaginary political opponents.

FDU-Inkingi condemn the cynicism of the Kigali regime and its lobbies for exploiting a national tragedy for political purposes.

The FDU-Inkingi party takes this opportunity to recall that it had sent an open letter to the Foreign Minister of Rwanda to express its protest against the interference of her Government, via its ambassador in the Dutch courts. It turns out that this same ambassador chaired the meeting of IBUKA Europe to urge the latter to protest against the decision of the Dutch Parliament. FDU-Inkingi wonder if this kind of behavior by the Rwandan Ambassador is compatible with his mission and responsibilities.

It is high time that the RPF regime and IBUKA learnt to have a minimum of courtesy and respect for the sovereignty of other peoples and their democratically elected institutions.

 

Done in London September 30, 2016

 

FDU INKINGI

Justin Bahunga

Commissioner for External Relations and Spokesperson

jbahunga@yahoo.co.uk

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