Friday, February 13, 2009

The Long Arm of the Rwandan Government

Wronging Rights has an excellent post about Leopold Munyakazi, a Rwandan expatriate Goucher College professor, who was indicted by the Rwandan government of aiding and abetting the genocide after giving a controversial speech last year describing the events of 1994 as a "fratricide." Although Alison Des Forges reviewed the indictment and publicly expressed her doubts about its merits, Goucher nevertheless suspended him, and a few days later the US government arrested Munyakazi at his home and began deportation proceedings against him.

Hey, Munyakazi is getting off easy. The corpse of Juvenal Uwilingiyamana, a Rwandan dissident living in exile in Belgium, ended up floating naked in a canal in Brussels. Seth Sendashonga, another dissident, was shot dead in Kenya, as he was preparing to give testimony against the Rwandan government at the Arusha Tribunal. And poor Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero of Hotel Rwanda, lives in fear of his life here in the US after being branded a "swindler" and "gangster" by Kagame.

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