Cases in Rwanda

 

 

 

 

Saidati Mukakibibi was a journalist prior to her arrest in July 2010 along with her editor, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi. Ms. Mukakibibi was sentenced to seven years in prison under the country’s genocide ideology and sectarianism laws. On April 5, 2012, her sentence was reduced to three years in prison. She was released upon completion of her sentence on June 25, 2013.

 

Agnes Uwimana Nkusi was the editor of and independent Kinyarwanda-language newspaper. Rwandan authorities arrested Ms. Uwimana in July 2010 with her colleague, Saidati Mukakibibi, and sentenced her to 17 years in prison under the country’s genocide ideology and sectarianism laws. On April 5, 2012, her sentence was reduced to four years in prison. She was released from prison in June 2014.

 

Diane Rwigara is a Rwandan businesswoman and former presidential candidate who was charged, along with her mother Adeline, with a variety of alleged national security offenses. The two women were arrested in September 2017 and spent more than a year arbitrarily detained. They were acquitted of all charges in December 2018.

Selected documents from Cases in Rwanda's case
Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionSeptember 21, 2018

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Diane and Adeline Rwigara

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 24-2019June 6, 2019

An opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finding that the imprisonment of Diane and Adeline Rwigara violated international law.

Written Testimony to the Tom Lantos Human Rights CommissionDecember 5, 2018

Legal Director Kate Barth's written testimony to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on human rights in Rwanda.