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Front Line Rwanda free pdf Rwanda received considerable attention in late 2004 for its threat to reinvade the Democratic Republic of Congo to defeat Rwandan Hutu rebels linked to the 1994 genocide. Yet, even Rwanda's Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, admitted that the estimated 8,000-15,000 rebels 'no longer constitute an immediate threat to the Government'. Few, however, noted the link between Rwanda's external aggression and its internal repression of civil society actors and human rights defenders accused of promoting a 'genocidal ideology'.Over the past three years, Rwanda's increasingly authoritarian government has arrested political opponents, stifled independent journalists, targeted human rights defenders, failed to thoroughly investigate disappearances, and narrowed the space for independent civil society. It has justified those actions as necessary to prevent 'ethnic divisionism' and a possible resurgence of genocide. Two months after the tenth commemoration of the genocide in April 2004, a Parliamentary Commission made accusations of genocidal ideology - a highly charged allegation in a country still recovering from the 1994 genocide that killed at least 800,000 people - against several civil society NGOs involved in promoting human rights in the judicial and rural sectors. While the main targets were LIPRODHOR (Rwandan League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights or Ligue rwandaise pour la promotion et la defense des droits de l'Homme) and FOR (Forum of Rural Organisations or Forum des organisations rurales), the Commission also went after the only remaining independent newspaper, churches, schools, and even international development NGOs such as CARE and Trocaire. The Report failed to define 'genocidal ideology'. Instead, it equated human rights monitoring, civic education, rights-based development, and any criticism of Government policy with genocidal ideology. This not only trivialises the genocide, it also undermines efforts at long-term reconciliation.In the wake of the Government report, ten human rights defenders from LIPRODHOR fled the country and its new co-opted leadership issued a public apology to the Government and Rwandan people. The Government called on other organisations harbouring genocidal ideology to engage in similar self-criticism. It also ordered the prosecutor and judiciary to investigate the individuals and organisations named in the report. As a result, those named individuals remain under constant threat of arrest. NGOs close to the Government set up a Civil Society Platform so that civil society will now speak with one (presumably pro-government) voice. The Government also proposed a new law that would restrict the independence and activities of international NGOs.

About Clinical Advocacy Project

The project was coordinated by an experienced human rights researcher on Rwanda. This report was written in part by Chi Mgbako and Bridgette Toy-Cronin under the auspices of the Clinical Advocacy Project of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program and the Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights, in collaboration with Front Line. The Clinical Advocacy Project offers students the opportunity for first-hand experience with the vital issues, institutions, and processes of the human rights movement. In addition to work in Cambridge, Massachusetts, students travel regularly with clinical supervisors to document abuses and promote respect for the rule of law. The Project works closely with human rights organisations throughout the world, providing pro bono services for the promotion of the rule of law and respect for human rights. Its team of faculty and supervisors include experienced human rights practitioners and advocates. The Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights is a student-run organisation that provides students with the opportunity to engage in human rights research, reporting, and advocacy in partnership with human rights organisations throughout the world. The organisation is comprised of regional initiatives on Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, and the United States.

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Author : Clinical Advocacy Project
Publisher : Front Line
Data Published : 01 June 2005
ISBN : 095478832X
EAN : 9780954788322
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 123 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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