Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rwanda's Ethnic Fears And Conflicts Are Returning

Violence Rises In Rwanda As Election Nears -- Salon

Human rights groups say Paul Kagame's government is trying to exclude opposition parties from the political process.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton presented Rwanda's leader with a global citizen award last fall and lauded him for freeing the minds of his people. Now as an election approaches, critics fear Paul Kagame's government is instead smashing dissent.

A former dissident general has been shot, an opposition Rwandan journalist killed and an American lawyer jailed in the run-up to the August presidential vote. A top opposition political party says some of its members have been beaten by police while in detention and that one is missing.

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More News On Rwanda's Growing Violence

Rwanda's Hutus live in fear of attacks, repression -- AP
Rwandan General shot by 'asylum seekers' -- IOL
Rwandan opposition faces crackdown ahead of vote -- AP
Rwanda: 2 Men Held in Killing of Journalist -- New York Times
Rwanda takes a strict line on genocide denial. The US should support that. -- Richard Johnson, Christian Science Monitor

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