From 16th -23rd September, 2011, met in Washington D.C., in the United States, to review progress thus made since the founding of the  common platform, a coalition for change established at the beginning of this year. Participating in the consultations were  Nkiko Nsengimana, Sixbert Musangamfura, Theophille Murayi and  Nepo Manirarora of FDU-inkingi; and Gerald Gahima, Gervais Condo and Theogene Rudasingwa of Rwanda National Congress.
We noted the successful common effort by all Rwandese, Congolese and French in the Paris and USA demonstrations against President Kagame, and exchanged views on how to maintain the momentum. The  strategic deliberations also focused on strengthening and broadening the platform for change, launching a diplomatic offensive, extending and intensifying dialogue among all Rwandans, Rwanda political organizations and civil society.
While in Washington, D.C., we had an opportunity to brief the U.S Congressional leaders in the Senate and House,  U.S. State Department, the diplomatic community and other international stakeholders on Rwanda’s crisis of governance,  U.S policies on Rwanda and their implications for the region and international peace and security. They urged the U.S Government to support peaceful change  in Rwanda by:
– Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners;
– Demanding an end to persecution (including arbitrary arrests and detentions,  torture, involuntary disappearances and extra-judicial killings) of government opponents and critics and their relatives;
– An end to the practice of channeling the development assistance that the United  States provides to Rwanda through budget support;
– Conditioning the development assistance that the United States provides to the Rwanda government on political reforms, including opening up political space;
– Using regional and united Nations human rights mechanisms to ensure that President Kagame and his security officials are held accountable for gross human rights violations that are committed against innocent citizens in and outside Rwanda;
– Encouraging the government of Rwanda to agree to a comprehensive and unconditional dialogue with all the opposition on ways for resolving the political impasse engulfing Rwanda; and,
– Calling upon the international community, especially the UNHCR and United Nations member states, to reject the Government of Rwanda’s manipulation to apply the refugee cessation clause (due to be applied at the end of 2011) until performance from  on the above has created an enabling environment conducive to the return of refugees.
26th September, 2011
Washington D.C., USA
Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana
FDU-Inkingi Co-ordination Committee
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
RNC Interim Committee
RNC:                    E-mail:         ngombwa@gmail.com
FDU-Inkingi:            E-mail:  sixchris@netti.fi
Related PDF File: Statement_FDU_Inkingi and RNC after consultations in Washington

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