African States: Reject Immunity for Leaders

By Human Right Watch

141 Groups in 40 Countries Speak Out

Kenneth Roth, Director of Human Rights Watch

Kenneth Roth, Director of Human Rights Watch

“The immunity provision is a regrettable departure from the AU’s Constitutive Act, which rejects impunity under article 4. Immunity takes away the prospect that victims can access justice at the African court when leaders commit atrocities. African states should take a clear stand opposing this immunity.”
George Kegoro, executive director of the International Commission of Jurists-Kenya
(Johannesburg) – African countries should reject immunity for sitting leaders for grave crimes before the African Court for Justice and Human Rights, 141 organizations said today in a declaration in advance of an African Union meeting in Nairobi. The organizations include both African groups and international groups and have a presence in 40 African countries. Continue reading

Apartheid of another kind sustained by US in Rwanda

Protest against Paul Kagame - Madrid - July 2010The following is an extract from a long article initially published by Global Research News. It is authored by The Rwanda Youth for Leadership and Change Initiative. The piece points out the state of discrimination against Hutus and their oppression in Rwanda despite president Kagame claiming reconciliation and economic progress. And sad is the reality that US and UK continue sustaining the regime unconditionally like at the time of South African apartheid when the two countries persisted doing business with Pretoria until the wind of change became irreversible. Rwandans, Africans and the rest of the world need to stand strongly firm against Kagame’s apartheid in Rwanda, because not only does it affect the lives of more than 90% of Rwandans, but because it also jeopardize regional peace. More than 8 millions, particularly in Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda have died since his movement unleashed its hordes of terror all other the Great Lakes area since 1st October 1990 up to now. Continue reading

Why Ferguson is the Congo?

By BK Kumbi

“When Lewis said that Ferguson is not the Congo, he shows how he is very much inhabited by this idea, he shows that for him there are good and bad Negros.”

Picture of Ba Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, by Don't Be Blind This Time

Picture of Ba Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, by Don’t Be Blind This Time

The author of the article that follows starts from an assumption that we all know Ferguson. If I hadn’t been reading recent news feeds on that nth US police brutality case against black people in America I wouldn’t know. I omitted deliberately putting the date when that happened, because it happens every day. Now you know. But where is the link between Ferguson and Congo?

In March 1978 US President Jimmy Carter commissioned a report – NSCM/46 – put together by the National Security Council Interdepartmental Group for Africa. Zbignew Brezinski as National Security Advisor had been tasked with reviewing what was happening in Black Africa from the point of view of possible impacts on the black movement in US. The exercise had to consider:

  1. Long-term tendencies of social and political developments and the degree to which they were consistent with or contradicted US interests
  2. Proposals for durable contacts between radical African leaders and leftists leaders of the US black community
  3. Appropriate steps to be taken inside and outside the country in order to inhibit any pressure by radical African leaders and organizations on the US black community for the latter to exert influence on the policy of the Administration towards Africa

When the report was submitted in the same year it included among other findings these ones:

  1. The mineral resources of the area [Black Africa] continue to be of great value for the normal functioning of industry in the United States and allied countries
  2. If the idea of economic assistance to black Americans shared by some African regimes could be realized by their placing orders in the United States mainly with companies owned by blacks, they could gain a limited influence on the US black community

The recommendations from the report privileged the sanctified principle of divide and rule in order to weaken any emergence of a strong black opposition to dominant policies serving inside and outside US national interests.

  1. Special clandestine operations should be launched by the CIA to generate mistrust and hostility in American and world opinion against joint activity of the two forces [Black America and Black Africa], and to cause division among Black African radical national groups and their leaders
  2. To preserve the present [we were then in 1978 but looking at it today 36 years later the situation has not much changed] climate which inhibits the emergence from within the Black leadership of a person capable of exerting national [or global] appeal.
  3. To support actions designed to sharpen social stratification in the Black community which would lead to the widening and perpetuation of the gap between successful educated Blacks and the poor, giving rise to growing antagonism between different black groups and a weakening of the movement as a whole.

BK Kumbi, Congolese activist, historian and founding member of Don’t Be Blind This Time, decrypts what such measures and probably many others similar taken over the years by US authorities and allies have had as consequences to black American community and black Africa. She starts her analysis with the intentionally engineered and differing perceptions of the other between the two groups. She moves on the inadequacies that such differences create and the behavior of the white in a well wheeled tragedy where all black as a race becomes a consistent victim. She finds the ultimate exit from the situation to be within the victim itself, or its own humanity.
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“Rwandan youth needs to get more involved,” says Marie Rose Habyarimana [3]

Since the 80s the Great Lakes region has experienced genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity, so much so that the entire area has become like a cemetery with dead on display. There are human skeletons everywhere, some more respected than others. Picture courtesy of Keith Harmon Snow

Since the 80s the Great Lakes region has experienced genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity, so much so that the entire area has become like a cemetery with dead on display. There are human skeletons everywhere, some more respected than others. Picture courtesy of Keith Harmon Snow

In the following section of the interview that Marie Rose Habyarimana accepted to give to our news & analysis outlet, she draws a path that peace in Rwanda should take to become achievable. Concerning the accused of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [ICTR] who have been found innocent for the crimes they were imprisoned for, she is pleading for their release to allow them get back to their families and into society. She is finally inviting the Rwandan younger generation to become more involved politically. She explains that “If history suggests that political changes in the country [Rwanda] have often been operated in bloodshed, young people must reject this heritage of secular political violence which is not a genetic determinism. Reconciliation, a social contract and true democracy will ensure sustainable peace.

The Rising continent [TRC]:

Since 1st October 1990, when the country was attacked by RPF coming from Uganda, it will be soon nearly a quarter of a century. Rwandans have been killed, dispossessed of their properties, imprisoned and oppressed massively. Hundreds of thousands more have disappeared. And the tragedy is far from ending. What do you think could stop this dangerous path which does not bode well for the future of Rwanda? Continue reading

Paul Kagame destined to be haunted by 1994 ghosts

There is a saying in the Rwandan culture which claims that when dead are not buried properly and their spirits not taken care of, they come back to haunt the living.