Sunday, February 14, 2010

BBC interviews Human Rights Watch and Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza on Rwanda's 2010 election harassment

by Ann Garrison

On February 10, 2010, BBC World Service spoke to Human Rights Watch's senior researcher Carina Tertsakian about harassment of Rwanda's opposition political parties, in the run-up to Rwanda's August 2010 presidential election, with focus on harassment of the FDU-Inkingi Party and the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda:

Earlier that day, Human Rights Watch had issued a news release titled Rwanda: End Attacks on Opposition Parties, which was reported by the BBC, AFP, Reuters, and Afrique en ligne, but not by the Washington Post, the New York Times, or Africa Online.

Rwanda's Criminal Investigations Divison interrogated Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza, the presidential candidate of the FDU-Inkingi Party for four hours on the same day that Human Rights issued their news release, and the BBC then interviewed Ingabiré the next day:

In "The power of horror" published in the Los Angeles Times on April 11th, 2009, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth wrote:

". . . the government essentially runs a one-party state. And ironically, it is the genocide that has provided the government with a cover for repression. Under the guise of preventing another genocide, the government displays a marked intolerance of the most basic forms of dissent."

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