In Rwanda, Victoire Ingabire, one of the leading figures of the opposition claims to have been denied permission to fly to Madrid where she was expected to receive a human rights prize.
It was finally through videoconference that Victoire Ingabire followed on Thursday evening the award ceremony of the International Human Rights Prize awarded to her party Unified Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi not recognized by Kigali) by the Association of Human Rights. man from Spain (APDHE).
The opponent was banned from flying to the Spanish capital by the authorities of his country, despite the application for authorization to travel to the Ministry of Justice.
For Ingabire, this is proof that Rwanda still does not respect human rights. « Rwanda is far from respecting human rights, such as freedom of expression and political affiliation. For this, the opposition pays the price. We have people who have been killed, abductees and people imprisoned for their rights. Not being in Madrid to receive the prize is proof of what I say, « the opponent told BBC.
Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Rwanda is a party, states in paragraph 2: « Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country ».
Sentenced in 2010 to 15 years in prison on charges including « minimization of the 1994 genocide », Victoire Ingabire was released in September 2018 following a presidential pardon.
But since her release freedom still does not rhyme with peace of mind for Mrs. Ingabire. In September, a leader of his party was stabbed almost six months after his spokesman was found dead.
Hailed for its economic prowess, the regime of Paul Kagame (in power since 2000) is often presented by NGOs as one of the great devotees of human rights in Africa.
Allegations that Kigali has always brushed aside.