Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rwandan Opposition Condemns Dutch Silence & Complicity

Today the Rwandan opposition issued a strong statement condemning the role of Dutch diplomacy. President Barack Obama appointed genocide survivor and Paul Kagame supporter Uwamariya Clementine to sit on the Holocaust memorial board. EU Ambassador to Rwanda, Michel Arrion today sings a hymn of praise to the leadership at all levels of the RPF regime in Kigali: "committed", "equal distribution"(free press, free elections off course not mentioned). Dutch Ambassador, Frans Makken, hands over files found at the house of Ingabire's husband.  Former Dutch minister of justice Hirsch Ballin gave a speech on the rule of law while Yvonne Basebya, who was sacrificed at the alter of Dutch diplomacy, is still in prison.
 The "Blow your horn" protest in Bujumbura was a success. Rwandas to protest arrest and showtrial of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza 11.19.2011. Meanwhile Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation, says former hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina was also given the Lantos award for his "continued courage" in speaking out about political oppression in Rwanda.

Suddenly the speech by Hirsch Ballin made sense when I thought of Yvonne Basebya and Victoire Ingabire. It's the arrogance of the enlightened elite that defines what "rule of law" means, apparently.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I suppose you think you're pretty enlightened? ... especially after offering such a 'balanced' and 'open minded' view.