Thursday, July 17, 2008

FDLR Press Release--The Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda Speak Out for Justice!

FDLR Press Release--The Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda Speak Out for Justice!

{{Since first posting this press release from the FDLR, information has come to light pertaining to its author and the Executive Secretary of the FDLR, Callixte Mbarushimana. Mbarushimana's story's a real eye-popper: A UN info-technician during the troubles, he was charged with genocide etc. by Kigali in the murders of 30-odd people in 1994, dismissed from the UN and arrested in Kosovo on orders from Kigali in 2001
but ICTR prosecutor Del Ponte issued a no-file order in 2002, and then he wins a lawsuit for back pay from the UN in 2004, but the heat just keeps on coming--as Kagame likes to woof: There is no statute of limitations on genocide. His hounding by the criminal cabal in Kigali is too complicated to go into here, but Charles Onana tells the story very well in his 2005 book, Les secrets de la justice internationale: enquêtes truquées sur le génocide rwandais, (Paris, Editions Duboiris)--only in French, as far as I know.

Suffice to say, right after issuing the communiqué posted below, a new chapter in the saga of the Rwandan Resistance was begun:

Germany: A Rwandan is arrested for genocide
A Rwandan who was the object of an international arrest warrant for genocide and crimes against humanity was arrested Monday at the Frankfort airport in Germany, while he was preparing to leave for Russia, as reported on France 24. Callixte Mbarushimana, a 44 year old Hutu, is accused of the 1994 killing of Tutsis--including several of his UN colleagues--while working for the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Kigali, the Rwandan capital. (Wednesday 9 July - 15:20).

This is a further example of how a terrorist organization, the RPF, just like the KLA in Kosovo, by placing itself at the unquestioning beckon call of Western military wastage, has been able to give its domestic reign of terror a certain global reach through its access to the instruments of international authority. Only a movement with an equally global reach will be able to halt the current Rwandan criminality, which is spreading chaos throughout Africa, and right this, by now, aged wrong. --mc}}


[It is important to remember that the troubles in Rwanda were not over 14 years ago on the 4th of July 1994, when the 100% US-sponsored Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) self-importantly proclaimed the end of 'the Genocide of 100 days'. The cynicism of these putative liberators knows no bounds—putting an end to this mass killing would have been quite simple for Kagame's ‘rebels’, as they were the single driving force behind and the principal instigators of the carnage in the first place (from the unprovoked foreign aggression from Uganda on 1 October 1990 to the double assassination of the democratically-elected [Hutu] presidents of Rwanda and Burundi on 6 April 1994).

So for the uninformed, the RPF's saying ‘we stopped the fucking genocide’ might sound heroic. Those who know better know that not only did the RPF single-handedly (but under direct command and control from the US, the UK, the UN and Belgium) start and carry on the indiscriminate extermination of Rwandan citizens, but they didn’t stop their mass murder and mayhem in 1994 or in 1995, they merely moved it into eastern Zaire (now Congo), where, even today, their endless criminal deeds cover their endless brokered deals for the vast riches of Central Africa in service to Western investment.

So just as the troubles didn't end in '94--or '96 or '98 with the Rwandan/Ugandan invasions of Congo to topple Mobutu and elevate Laurent Desiré Kabila—neither did the Rwandan national defense end with its exile into Congo and elsewhere. As with all invaded and occupied nations, a Resistance is striving rightfully to regain its revolution.

And here is a press release from this Rwandan Resistance movement calling attention, yet again, to the two sets of international warrants issued against some of those who currently run the criminal government in Kigali. The current Rwandan regime, founded on such murderous treachery and betrayal as would make Shakespeare’s beard blush, is now as welcome in the neo-liberal playboy club, the British Commonwealth, as the majoritarian ZANU-PF government of Zimbabwe is shunned. Anyone heard anything about election violence in Rwanda? Legend has it that in the 2002 elections, after a recount, Kagame polled 114% of the eligible voters.

One of my more petty regrets is that our Russian and Chinese comrades have not condemned Kigali as strongly as they have supported Harare. But militating in support of the FDLR would be a positive step toward negating this one more international injustice. –mc]



The FDLR demand that international justice not to be cowed by the maneuvers of the criminal regime in Kigali, and that the African Union reconsider its unconditional support to the bloodthirsty Kagame regime.

The Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) are shocked and appalled that Rwanda dares to ask the African Union not to execute the international arrest warrants, issued by French Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière and Spanish Judge Andreu Merelles, against military and civilian dignitaries of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) for their responsibility in the Rwandan genocide and massacres of civil populations in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The FDLR are surprised and offended by the decision of the 11th summit of the African Union not to help European justice track dignitaries of the criminal regime in Kigali, accused of crimes of genocide, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the African Great Lakes region, especially in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1 October 1990.

This decision is all the more shocking in its denial of the right to justice for more than 3 million of Rwandans and more than 4.5 million Congolese killed in unnecessary and barbaric wars conducted by the RPF-Inkotanyi. Worse, it is surprising to see that African leaders support a criminal like Kagame who did not hesitate to coldly assassinate two of their counterparts, Juvénal Habyarimana of Rwanda and Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi. Such support, in addition to being seen as a licence to the killers of Heads of State, constitutes a dangerous precedent that can only be detrimental to the entire continent already facing recurrent crises.

The Kigali regime, which has forced this decision, is demanding, at the same time, that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) be transferred to Rwanda so as to control it as it pleases. The pinnacle of the shame is that this is the same Kagame who has been stridently insisting that the International Community track Hutus suspected of genocide wherever they might be, but then changes his tone when it comes to his close associates being indicted by international justice.

Moreover, the FDLR are shocked by the order of the United States of America to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to retain the services of General Karenzi Karake Emmanuel, as vice-commander of the UN/AU peacekeeping contingent in Darfur, Sudan, even though the latter has been indicted by Judge Merelles for various killings in Rwanda and the DRC. The FDLR urge all countries worldwide, particularly those of the European Union and the African Union, to spare no effort in bringing justice for the Congolese and Rwandan peoples who have been victims of senseless wars that Kagame and his acolytes have imposed on them, to track, apprehend and bring to justice all those officials of the Kigali regime, whose essential responsibility for the Rwandan genocide is well known.

The FDLR remain convinced that there will be no true reconciliation among the different layers of Rwandan society, all victims of the Rwandan tragedy, as long as the main perpetrators of this tragedy, namely members of the RPF-Inkotanyi, have not all been brought to international justice.

The FDLR renew their request to Kagame, who is primarily responsible for the tragedies of Rwanda and DRC, to hand over without delay to the ICTR all criminal suspects indicted by Judges Merelles and Bruguière, and then surrender himself voluntarily to the ICTR to answer for their crimes. That is the only possible guarantee of peace, justice and national reconciliation for Rwanda.

The FDLR declare that any act intended to prevent the arrest of war criminals, suspected of genocide and charged with crimes against humanity in Rwanda and the DRC, or to support their positions within United Nations Missions or affairs of State, would be a serious obstruction of justice and a gesture of complicity with these criminals. The FDLR declare that History will remember such acts.

The FDLR remain convinced that no immunity should protect perpetrators of genocide, of crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression, and forcefully demand that justice be done for the peoples of the African Great Lakes region, especially the peoples of Rwanda and DRC, victims of hegemonic wars imposed on them by a clique of criminals in order to control and exploit the immense wealth of this region.

Done in Paris on July 7, 2008

Callixte Mbarushimana
Executive Secretary of the FDLR.


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