APPEAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO END THE SLAUGHTER OF RWANDAN REFUGEES IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.

The world simply doesn't recognize the horrific struggle of refugees and IDPs in DRC and elsewhere in Africa just to survive.

The FDU-Inkingi condemns in the strongest terms possible the complacent attitude of the international community in the face of the slaughter of the Rwandan refugees in South Kivu by Rwandan security Forces aided by the Congolese Armed Forces.

We believe that the hunt against alleged negative forces is a pretext by the Rwandan repressive regime to serve a bigger design to force Rwandan refugees back to Rwanda  or kill those who resist and to loot DRC mineral resources. The leadership of the alleged negative forces have been abducted, killed or returned to Rwanda. The alleged negative forces have therefore become a useful enemy. For example, one of the charges against Colonel Byabagamba former commander of Kagame protection unit is that he said that FDLR does not pause real threat to the security of Rwanda. 

Since1996 the fight against alleged negative forces is part of an overall strategy of the Rwandan regime to force Hutu refugees to come back to Rwanda, to kill or destabilise those who resist forced return. President Kagame is on record boasting publicly “we repatriated those who had to be repatriated and shot those who had to shot” yes, we shot them he emphasized. The UN mapping report made an estimate of 200,000 Hutu refugees slaughtered by the Rwandan army (https://www.mapping-report.org/en/first-congo-war-attacks-against-hutu-refugees). In his speech in Murambi on April 7, 2007 President Kagame told the public that what saddened him was about ”those millions who have crossed the border after killing”  and “we did not have time to make sure some do not make it to their destination”. For the Rwandan regime, those who did not come back are all genocidaires or children of genocidaires who have not right to live. 

The current military operation endorsed by the government of the DRC and tolerated by the international community is, but an ongoing implementation of the promise made by President Kagame at Murambi on April 7, 2006 that “What we could not do in that time. we will”. It cannot be said enough that the estimated 245,000 Hutu refugees in the DRC, are survivors or children of survivors of slaughter by the Rwandan army during the 2 invasions of the DRC. Allowing the Rwandan regime to launch military operations is issuing a new licence to the Rwandan regime to clean up the survivors of the 1996-1998 slaughter that the UN mapping calls genocidal

It is quite shocking that the international community and particularly financial donors of the Rwandan totalitarian regime who suspended aid to Rwanda for its support to the murderous M23 rebel group would look on when members of this criminal group are being cleared of their crimes, retrained by the Rwanda ready to join in the hunt for Hutu refugees in the DRC. 

It is an open secret that the impoverished Rwanda has no financial capacity to carry out military campaigns abroad. Donors are indirectly subsiding this war in which war crimes and crimes against humanity and genocidal crimes being committed by the Rwandan soldiers and their accomplices in the DRC who include the military and former members of the criminal M23 rebel movement. 

We call on the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the UN to end these criminal acts against Rwandan refugees,  the majority of whom are women and children.  The universal declaration of human rights is hot air if the international community cannot defend these innocent people. The complacent attitude of the international community on these heinous crimes is tantamount to complicity. It is an offence against human conscience. 

We appeal to His Excellency the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo HE Felix Tshisekedi, who declared in his inauguration ceremony that human rights would be his priority,  to intervene and save these innocent refugees. 

We call on the sponsors of the funders of the Rwandan regime to apply the same pressure that they applied in 2012 on Rwanda dictatorial regime to end support to M23, to use the same pressure to stop this criminal gang from joining the Rwandan forces to kill Hutu refugees.  This operation is undermining our efforts to bring reconciliation among Rwandans.

Rouen, November 30, 2019

Statement sent by Théophile MPOZEMBIZI 

Commissionner Information and communication, FDU-INKINGI

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And like always the UN and the UNHCR did nothing to stop the slaughter.

 

UPDATES:

Massacre of Rwandan Refugees Using Combat Helicopters and Fighter Jets in the Congolese Forests of South Kivu

Press Release no.018/ 2019/11/29

Since November 25th, 2019 until today, the FARDC (DRC Armed Forces), together with the Rwandan soldiers in uniform of the Congolese Army continue to massacre the Rwandan refugees after bombing and destroying their refugee camp in Kalehe territory in the South Kivu. The Congolese and Western media seems to have been suspiciously banned from reporting on these massacres, which are taking place in absolute silence. According to the latest UNHCR census, there are still more than 250,000 Rwandan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our reliable sources within RDF (Rwandan Defense Forces), various diplomatic and military sources in Africa and the West, indicate that combat helicopters, fighter jets and very heavy bombardments are still planned this weekend with a despicable goal of decimating all these refugees by Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019.

 The Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD-Ubumwe) holds the governments of Rwanda and DRC as well as the International Community accountable for this ongoing genocide. Furthermore, these massacres are being planned by Rwandan President General Paul KAGAME as a continuation of the massacres of more than 400,000 refugees of 1996-1998, which have been mentioned in the UN Mapping Report as genocide if these facts were qualified as so by a competent court: 

(https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/CF/Mapping2003-2015/2017CAR_Mapping_Report_EN.pdf).

We call on the International Community to act now and to put pressure on the Congolese President and that of Rwanda to stop these massacres and for the Rwandan military to leave Congolese territory immediately. 

Brussels, November, 29th, 2019

For the MRCD-Ubumwe, the College of Presidents:

Wilson IRATEGEKA, President-in-Office

Paul RUSESABAGINA, Vice-Chairman

Kassim BUTOYI, Vice-Chairman

Faustin TWAGIRAMUNGU, Vice-Chairman and Spokesperson

Kagame in Congo again with the objective of repeating the massacres of refugees

Press release n° 016/ 2019/11/14

The Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (hereinafter RMDC-Ubumwe), has just learnt an alarming news that since yesterday, November 13, 2019, military troops have been positioned around the main Rwandan refugee camps in Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These troops are primarily made of the Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF) members masquerading as Congolese soldiers with the objective of repeating the massacre of these refugees in similar fashion as in 1996-1998 as compiled in the UN Mapping Report: 

(https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/CF/Mapping2003-2015/2017CAR_Mapping_Report_EN.pdf).

On this occasion, the RMDC recaps that for the past 23 years, Rwandan refugees in DRC have been subjected to murder and all forms of violations, in the total indifference of both the UN forces (MONUSCO) – that have been on ground since 1999 – and of the entire international community. However, under the Congolese law and the Geneva Convention of 28/07/1951, both the Congolese State as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), have officially recognized these refugees. Moreover, and after a census, the National Commission for Refugees (NCR), together with the UNHCR have issued a refugee certificate to each of these refugees valid until 31/12/2021.

The RMDC appeals to the minds and the conscience of international community. In view of international norms, these Rwandan refugees should be protected as many other refugees around the world, especially that many of them are made of children under the age of 25, born in exile. In addition to this dehumanized youth, the Rwandan refugee group in the DRC is made of women and elderly people. The approaching attacks on these refugees are likely to cause an irreversible humanitarian disaster, a situation particularly sought by Paul Kagame and the torturers of humanity who only target the natural resources of the DR Congo.

In light with the above, the RMDC-Ubumwe is launching this alert and calls on all the people of goodwill to act against the imminent slaughter in Eastern DRC. Given the magnitude of the danger and its imminence, the United Nations and its partners, should intervene to defeat the Rwandan government’s planned massacre of refugees and instructs Paul Kagame to halt these attacks and repatriate his soldiers.

Done in Brussels, November 14, 2019

For the MRCD-Ubumwe, the College of Presidents:

  Wilson IRATEGEKA, President-in-Office

  Paul RUSESABAGINA, Vice-President

  Kassim BUTOYI, Vice-President

  Faustin TWAGIRAMUNGU, Vice-President and Spokesperson

Rwandan soldiers in Congolese army uniform, attacked and destroyed the Rwandan refugee camp in Kalehe territory

Press release no. 017/ 2019/11/26

On the night of 25 to 26 November 2019, the FARDC (Armed Forces of the DRC), together with the Rwandan soldiers in Congolese army uniform, attacked and destroyed the Rwandan refugee camp in Kalehe territory in South Kivu. The Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD-Ubumwe) had nevertheless alerted the International Community of the imminence of these attacks given the encirclement of this camp since 13/11/2019 by members of the RDF (Rwandese Defence Forces) disguised as Congolese soldiers.  

We denounce the silence and passivity of the International Community before such massacres against the survivors of the genocide perpetrated in Congo by the same troops of General Paul KAGAME in 1996-1998, as proved in the UN Mapping Report: 

(https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/CF/Mapping2003-2015/2017CAR_Mapping_Report_EN.pdf).

These massacres of refugees are committed with the indifference of the UN military force MONUSCO, which has been present in the DRC since 1999. The MRCD-Ubumwe also recalls that MONUSCO has several soldiers not far from this camp of attacked refugees. 

We call on the International Community to assume its responsibilities by providing assistance to these refugees in danger, although they are known and recognized by both the Congolese State and UNHCR, as recalled in our previous press release No. 016/2019/11/14 (https://mrcdubumwe.org/press-release-n-016-2019-11-14/), by condemning the recurrence of these massacres and by demanding an immediate end to the aggression and the withdrawal of Rwandan soldiers from the DRC to prevent them from pursuing these crimes.

  Brussels, November 26th, 2019.

For the MRCD-Ubumwe, the College of Presidents:

Wilson IRATEGEKA, President-in-Office

Paul RUSESABAGINA, Vice-Chairman

Kassim BUTOYI, Vice-Chairman

Faustin TWAGIRAMUNGU, Vice-Chairman and Spokesperson

It' not the first time - see this report of 31 October 2008:

DR Congo refugee camps 'burned'

By BBC - 31. October 2008

The UN refugee agency says it has credible reports camps sheltering 50,000 refugees in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been destroyed.

Reports suggest the camps were forcibly emptied and looted before being burned.

Aid groups say they are struggling to reach an estimated 250,000 people in the region fleeing fierce fighting between government and rebel forces.

The EU said the presidents of DR Congo and Rwanda had agreed to attend an emergency summit in the coming weeks.

After meetings in the region, Louis Michel, the European humanitarian aid commissioner, said Rwanda's Paul Kagame had his Congolese counterpart Jospeh Kabila would meet in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. 

See detailed map of the area

Mr Michel said renegade rebel general Laurent Nkunda had not yet been asked to join the talks.

The commissioner told the BBC: "This conference has to have the kind of road map with complete monitoring system to assess if people who have signed this kind of agreement have delivered."

A ceasefire is holding in and around Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, but aid agency chiefs say the situation remains highly volatile.

Stampede

Food and water are scarce, and aid agencies have all but stopped work.

The BBC's Orla Guerin witnessed scenes of chaos at a refugee camp in Kibati on the outskirts of Goma, as desperately hungry people stampeded.

Children were trampled underfoot and panicked aid staff were forced to beat back the heaving crowd.

Congolese soldier with refugee women in Goma - 30/10/2008

Exodus as terror spreads

Q&A: DR Congo conflict

In pictures: Congo crisis

Miliband flying out to DR Congo

Our correspondent managed to pluck to safety one little girl who was knocked over in the melee and reunite her with her father.

Gen Nkunda's forces are positioned some 15km (nine miles) from Goma.

The origin of the ongoing conflict in eastern DR Congo is the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda.

Gen Nkunda says he is fighting to protect his Tutsi community from attack by Rwandan Hutu rebels, some of whom are accused of taking part in the genocide.

The Congolese government has often promised to stop Hutu forces from using its territory, but has not done so.

There have also been accusations of collusion between DR Congo's army and Hutu guerrillas.

The Congolese government, for its part, has accused Rwanda of backing Gen Nkunda.

Rwanda denies this, but it has twice invaded its much larger neighbour in recent years.

'Extremely unsafe'

The UNHCR refugee agency said it was very concerned at reports that the camps in Rutshuru, 90km (56 miles) north of Goma, had been destroyed.

UN peacekeeper in Goma, 31 Oct 2008

UN troops are struggling to prevent an escalation

"There are some 50,000 people who were in those camps. We don't know where they would be, we're afraid that they may have just dispersed off into the bush," spokesman Ron Redmond said.

Gen Nkunda said on Thursday that he was opening a "humanitarian corridor" for people to return to their homes.

Those who did reach Kibati told the BBC that they had more chance of getting food in the forests and bushes around the village than inside Goma.

Gen Nkunda has threatened to take the city unless UN peacekeepers guarantee the ceasefire and security there.

The UN has more than 17,000 peacekeeping troops in DR Congo - the largest UN force in the world - but correspondents say it is struggling to cope with the crisis.

Looting, killings and rapes were reported in the city on Thursday, much of it blamed on retreating Congolese troops.

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