Thursday, June 14, 2012

CONGO ELECTIONS: END IMPUNITY NOW IN EASTERN CONGO- Hold US Ally to Account- Don't believe the lies from Kagame

                                                                                 
DO NOT LET KAGAME MURDER EVERYBODY  /  NE LAISSEZ PAS KAGAME MASSACRER TOUT LE MONDE

Friends of the Congo - HELP END IMPUNITY NOW IN EASTERN CONGO !

1/  Sign this petition (see below) and let President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton know that you stand for peace in the Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa :
1.a.- http://www.change.org/petitions/fully-implement-public-law-109-456
1.b.- http://www.avaaz.org/fr/petition/HELP_END_IMPUNITY_NOW_IN_EASTERN_CONGO_we_stand_for_peace_in_the_Congo_and_the_Great_Lakes_region_of_Africa//?launch

2/  Contact the U.S. State Department, The White House and members of Congress and request that they hold the Rwandan government accountable for its actions in the Congo.
End the Impunity in Eastern Congo: Hold US Ally to Account
The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO ) recently revealed that the Rwandan government has a hand in the current instability in eastern Congo by giving support to the rebel groups National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) and/or M23. This does not come as news to those who follow Congolese politics. Since 1996, the Rwandan government has acted as a major destabilizing force in the east of the Congo. Myriad studies and reports have documented how the Rwandan government has waged proxy wars through rebel groups, pilfering of Congo's resources and trading in hundreds of millions of dollars of conflict minerals.

The report by MONUSCO is not surprising, but the carte blanche that the Rwandan government enjoys, especially at the international level, continues to boggle the mind. It would appear that the more Rwanda destabilizes the Congo, the more military equipment, training, intelligence and financial aid the government gets from its donors in the West. Timothy Reid's prescient article in the Harvard Policy Journal entitled "Killing Them Softly: Has Foreign Aid to Rwanda and Uganda Contributed to the Humanitarian Tragedy in the Democratic Republic of Congo?" captures the scale of the impunity with which the Rwandan government has operated in Congo with the full backing of its donors.

A staunch ally of the United States and the United Kingdom, the Rwandan government has benefited tremendously from the diplomatic cover and protection that accompanies its relationship with such powerful nations - former New York Times reporter, Howard French explains.

The United States has a law on its books that supporters of the Rwandan government both inside and outside the US government would wish to disappear. The Democratic Republic of The Congo Relief, Security and Democracy Promotion Act (PL 109-456), sponsored by Barack Obama and Co-Sponsored by Hillary Clinton when they were both Senators, was signed into law in 2006 by President Bush.

Section 105 of Public Law 109-456 says "The Secretary of State is authorized to withhold assistance made available under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.), other than humanitarian, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism assistance, for a foreign country if the Secretary determines that the government of the foreign country is taking actions to destabilize the Democratic Republic of the Congo."

Following a United Nations group of experts report published in 2008 documenting Rwanda's support for the CNDP and its leader at the time, Laurent Nkunda, Sweden and Netherlands did what the United States has not done to date; they held the Rwandan government to account by withholding financial aid. Subsequently, Rwanda demobilized the CNDP and placed Laurent Nkunda under house arrest only to replace him with Bosco Ntaganda as head of the CNDP. Now that Ntaganda has become toxic as a result of increasing demands that he should be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where he is wanted for war crimes in the Congo, there is now an attempt to replace him with Sultani Makenga. Noted scholar of the region Rene LeMarchand stated in the Fall/Winter 2009, Brown Journal of World Affairs that Rwanda is a central actor who will determine whether the region is characterized by peace or war.

Allowing more to die and add to the millions of Congolese already lost to the war and instability of the last fifteen years is unconscionable. It is time that the international community and Rwanda's allies, especially the United States, hold the Rwandan government to account. A good start would be to implement Section 105 of PL 109-456.

Sign Petition
Sign this petition
and let President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton know that you stand for peace in the Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa. http://www.change.org/petitions/fully-implement-public-law-109-456

Contact
the U.S. State Department, The White House and members of Congress and request that they hold the Rwandan government accountable for its actions in the Congo.

Select Resources that document the Rwandan government's destabilizing role in the Congo

DR Congo: Rwanda Should Stop Aiding War Crimes Suspect

Human Rights Watch

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth

Documentary Film
Friends of the Congo

Kagame Admits that Rwandans Led Revolt in Congo

Washington Post, July 1997

Kagame's Hidden War in the Congo

New York Review of Books
Howard French

United Nations Mapping Exercise Report

Navanethem "Navi" Pillay,
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR)


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Friends of the Congo
Friends of the Congo
phone: 202-584-6512

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"THE LIE HAS BECOME A WAR WEAPON" IN EASTERN CONGO

DO NOT LET KAGAME MURDER EVERYBODY / NE LAISSEZ PAS KAGAME TUER TOUT LE MONDE

PAUL KAGAME IS TO BLAME FOR THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may122012/kagame-memo.php



AFRICA/CONGO DR - Fighting in North Kivu, causing 80,000 displaced people, the missionaries denounce the "lies of war"
http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=31639&lan=eng


AFRICA/DR CONGO - In three months 241,000 other displaced from North Kivu: the complaint of a missionary
http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=31480&lan=eng


RD Congo - PLAN DE DEPEUPLEMENT DES DEUX KIVU
L’offensive « invisible » de l’armée congolaise contre les civils qu'elle devrait théoriquement protéger
http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=32620&lan=fra


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RWANDA ARMY OFFICIALS SUPPORTING CONGO REBELS : Human Rights Watch
-   HRW : http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/06/03/dr-congo-rwanda-should-stop-aiding-war-crimes-suspect-0
-   Chicago Tribune : http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-congodemocratic-rwanda-hrwbre8520fu-20120603,0,1923436.story
-   Reuters : http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/03/us-congodemocratic-rwanda-hrw-idUSBRE8520FU20120603
-   The Guardian : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/04/rwandan-military-war-crimes-suspect
BBC: RWANDA 'SUPPORTING DR Congo MUTINEERS'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18231128


RDC: la mutinerie à l'est, une initiative rwandaise
http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20120604-rdc-mutinerie-est-congo-monusco-bosco-ntaganda-onu-goma-fardc-m23-runyioni


LE RWANDA DOIT CESSER D'AIDER UN CRIMINEL DE GUERRE : HRW
http://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2012/06/03/rd-congo-le-rwanda-doit-cesser-d-aider-un-criminel-de-guerre-pr-sum-0


Après l'Onu, Human Rights Watch accuse le Rwanda d'aider les rebelles du M23 et révèle des actes barbarie  Démocratique du Congo
http://www.mediacongo.net/show.asp?doc=20567


Sud-Kivu : un nouveau groupe armé rwandais se signale à Busolo
http://www.africatime.com/rdc/nouvelle.asp?no_nouvelle=674049&no_categorie=


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Rwanda-Attentat du 6 avril : « Hollande doit solliciter Ki-moon » Paul Quilès
http://www.jambonews.net/actualites/20120603-rwanda-attentat-du-6-avril-hollande-doit-solliciter-ki-moon-paul-quiles


RWANDA : A TRAVERS L'AFFAIRE DITE DES « MISSILES MISTRAL » KIGALI VEUT UNE NOUVELLE FOIS FAIRE CHANTER PARIS
http://bernardlugan.blogspot.be/2012/06/rwanda-travers-laffaire-dite-des.html


Le col. L. Marchal (MINUAR) est formel : les FAR ne disposaient pas de missiles de type MISTRAL  -  Que dit le capt Sean MOORHOUSE, rédacteur du fameux document qui a fait le tour de la presse internationale depuis vendredi 31/05/2012 ?
http://www.musabyimana.net/lire/article/le-col-l-marchal-est-formel-les-far-ne-disposaient-pas-de-missiles-de-type-mistral/index.html


MISSILES AU RWANDA : LA REVELATION DE LIBERATION EST UN "PETARD MOUILLE" SELON Luc MARCHAL (commandant du secteur Kigali de la MINUAR) - Belga/rtbf.be, le 3 juin 2012
http://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_missiles-au-rwanda-la-revelation-de-liberation-petard-mouille-selon-luc-marchal-2?id=7780359


Rwanda. Attentat du 6/4/1994 : les lobbies pro-Kagame font tout pour le disculper
http://www.musabyimana.net/lire/article/rwanda-attentat-du-641994-les-lobbies-pro-kagame-ne-reculent-devant-rien-pour-le-disculper/index.html

PENTAGON PRODUCES SATELLITE PHOTOS OF 1994 RWANDA GENOCIDE

Commemorating More Than 18 years of Terrorism in Central Africa

April 6, 1994 - April 6, 2012

keith harmon snow

Revisions: 11 April 2012

Eighteen years after the historic '100 days of genocide' in Rwanda the United States Government has suddenly produced never-before-seen satellite images to support the genocide extradition trial of a former Rwandan now U.S. citizen in New Hampshire (USA). The existence of satellite imagery from 1994 would enable the 'international community' to further explore heretofore hidden facts about the double presidential assassinations of April 6 or massacres committed before, during and after 1994.  As the world commemorates the official Rwanda genocide story on the 18th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide the people of Central Africa continue to suffer under the brutal terrorism of the Kagame military regime.  Instead of celebrating, we should be asking: who are the real victims and who are the real criminals, and what really happened in Rwanda?

Continue reading PENTAGON PRODUCES SATELLITE PHOTOS OF 1994 RWANDA GENOCIDE.
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WE MUST NOT FORGET THE VICTIMS OF THE WAR IN CONGO
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/23/victims-of-war-in-congo


"... When we consider the suffering and the scale of the atrocities in Congo, we cannot but recall our own 6 million victims of Nazi genocide. The "hear nothing, see nothing and do nothing" approach fails to fulfil the promise to "never again!" stand idly by while human beings are slaughtered. It denies justice to the victims and questions our very commitment to humanity. As rabbis we cannot ignore the call of our tradition: "Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world ..."
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