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Rwanda Greens Vice president murder taken to UN

The Family of Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, former First Vice President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has requested the Secretary General of United Nations to help with an Independent Investigation

Rwanda Greens Vice president murder taken to UN

Posted on Tuesday, 30th November 2010 by DocRichard

(via Mabinogogiblog - Original Post)

Our colleague Frank Habineza, founder and leader of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, and also President of the African Greens Federation and Co-Africa Representative to Global Greens Coordination (GGC), has circulated a letter to the UN Secretary General, requesting an Independent Investigation into the alleged assassination of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda's First Vice President, Andre Kagwa RWISEREKA, who was found be-headed on 14 July 2010.

The letter comes from his family. The Rwandan Opposition Consultative Council also demanded an independent inquiry in July 2010 and Human Rights Watch called for an Independent Autopsy.

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda seeks justice for its Vice President.

There is a lot of intimidation and threats directed at Green Party members in Kigali and a serious character assassination and dehumanization campaign against the Green Party Leader (Frank Habineza), accusing him of being a non-national. It is thought that there is a plan to overthrow him from the Party Leadership and replace him with a stooge and then register the Party. The Green Party was unable to compete in the recent rigged elections in Rwanda, because its attempts to register as a party were blocked by Kagame's goons.

It it the duty of all Green Parties and greens to continue to stand with Rwanda and the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda.

It is to the shame of the Commonwealth that the Secretary General is not responding to letters on this matter. Sadly, it seems that the Commonwealth no longer cares about human rights, only about commerce.


November 20, 2010

His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon

Secretary General

The United Nations

New York, N.Y

RE : Request for an Independent Investigation into the Death of Andre K. Rwisereka

His Excellency,

I write to request your assistance in having an independent investigation in connection with the death of my father, Andre Kagwa Rwisereka which took place on July 13th, 2010, in the city of Butare, Rwanda.

I am the eldest son of the late Rwisereka and I am responsible for speaking on behalf of my family. One week before his death my father told me he was concerned that he might be harmed for his political views and activities. It is because of these reasons that I believe his assassination was politically motivated.

I have concerns over the medical autopsy and investigation done by Rwandan police to date and would like an independent investigation done by independent foreign experts. To our knowledge the Rwandan authorities have stopped all investigations into his death. Suspects implicated in my father's assassination have been released from custody without court appearance. Eyewitnesses report having seen dozens of marks on my father's body, suggesting torture, but the Rwandan Police has denied such allegations.

Your Excellency, I sincerely believe an independent investigation will determine whether my father was a victim of politically motivated assassination so that those responsible for this heinous crime can be brought to justice. Furthermore, such an investigation and its findings will provide a much needed closure to a tragic chapter our lives.

I would greatly appreciate any assistance that you may provide to me and my family.


Luc Rwisereka

Edmonton, Alberta


Cc : Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International