Calls mount for independent autopsy of slain Rwandan Green Party leader

The Christian Science Monitor reports on calls for investigation of the murder of Rwandan Democratic Green Party Vice President Andre Kagwa Rwisereka:

Rwanda’s election season is in full swing and prominent critics of President Paul Kagame are turning up dead ahead of the Aug. 9 vote. Are the killings politically motivated?

That possibility has United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concerned enough that he has urged Mr. Kagame’s government to conduct a full investigation into the latest death: that of Democratic Green Party vice chairman Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, who was found last week nearly decapitated.

But the New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that an autopsy is needed after conflicting police statements have muddied the waters.

“This is the second killing of an outspoken critic of the Rwandan government in less than a month,” said HRW boss Kenneth Roth, referring also to Jean-Léonard Rugambage, a journalist who was shot dead outside his home in June. “An independent autopsy and inquiry are necessary to determine what happened to Rwisereka.”

Read the full article at the Christian Science Monitor.

Dave Schwab

One Comment

  1. The amazing courage of these Green Party people and their families…

    It is the same courage of Petra Kelly, and indeed Major General Gert Bastian…in the face of the ever present danger of political violence…

    As Petra Kelly articulated, as few could match, this makes the importance of the Green Party message of nonviolence so important, so vital to our politics…

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