Sunday, April 25, 2010

Call press and human rights defenders if Frank Habineza is arrested


Frank Habineza, Chair of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, and President of the African Greens Federation, asks the international community to prepare to protest if he is arrested on his way home from Holland to Rwanda's capital, Kigali. 




April 25, 2010.  Please call Human Rights Watch if Rwanda Greens leader Frank Habineza is arrested on his way home from Holland to Kigali, Rwanda on 04.25 and 04.26.2010.   Call even though Rwanda gave Human Rights Watch 24 hours to get out of the country on Friday, 04.23.2010.  


He should arrive in Kigali at 12:55 P.M. on Monday, 04.26.2010. 


Habineza was elected President of the African Greens Federation at their convention on 04.18.2010, but three officers within his own party turned on him five days later, so he has begun traveling home early, from Afrikaday, where he gave a speech about democracy in Rwanda, to address their allegations and reorganize with other Rwanda Greens.  Frank, his wife Edith, his sons Godwin and Victor, and supporters fear that Rwandan security may arrest him at an airport, as he tries to pass through customs in the next phase of  harassment and repression, in the run up to this year's Rwandan presidential election.  


Rwanda arrested presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza on Wednesday, April 21st at her home in Kigali, and her Rwandan support team thank pressure from the international community for her surprise release on bail the next day.   

Habineza said that he will call friends when leaving Amsterdam, and he's been urged to start posting updates to Facebook, and to Twitter, as he passes from one stage of his journey to another, from airports in Amsterdam, Nairobi, and Kigali to his home.  



Emergency alerts are one of the best uses of Twitter, social media's short form. 
Supporters of peace and social justice in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa should be ready, should Frank be arrested, to post the news and call for his release, on social media like Facebook and Twitter, and to contact press, Amnesty International, http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact, and Human Rights Watch, http://www.hrw.org/en/contact-us.

Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza's team thank international pressure for her unexpected release on bail on Thursday, April 22nd, and ask the international community to sustain the pressure.  

Bernard Ntaganda, presidential candidate of Rwanda's Parti Social-Imberakuri feels that his arrest, in Kigali, is imminent as well, and asks that the international community prepare  to call for his release as well.   

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