By David Himbara
The Theresa May Government Is Commissioning Research On ”Innovative” Human Rights Practices In Rwanda. This Sounds Like A Sick Joke.
Someday we might figure out what love potions Rwanda’s iron-fisted head of state, Paul Kagame, fed the British ruling elite. Whatever the brew Kagame gave the British elite, it made them seriously infatuated — whoever becomes prime minister, he/she becomes obsessed with Kagame.
The love affair began under the prime ministership of Tony Blair from 1997 to 2007. Blair remains the leading global champion for Kagame.
The love affair continued with Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2010.
Then there was David Cameron from 2010 to 2016.
Throughout this two-decades-long period, the British elite stood by Kagame no matter what atrocities he committed. It made no difference whether the UK was led by labor or the conservatives. Kagame could do no wrong.
The latest sign that shows that Kagame’s love potions are still strong
The British government is offering between £15,000 and £55,000 to experts to study human rights and justice in Rwanda. According to the May government, the experts will study the following outcomes:
- ”measurable progress towards full implementation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPRs) [of human rights] in Rwanda
- ”strengthening human rights in Rwanda via innovative activities to improve relationships and co-operation between all stakeholders (civil society organizations, the general public, relevant institutions and the government of Rwanda)
- ”measurable increase in awareness of, and access to judicial services, particularly for citizens in rural areas.”
Dear Theresa May, you just wasted the British taxpayers’ money. You are high on Kagame’s love potions. Otherwise, you wouldn’t commission studies on what you already know — the concept of human rights does not exist in Rwanda. If you need to get a sense of this, grab the latest American government report on Rwanda which reads in part as follows:
”The most important human rights problems were government harassment, arrest, and abuse of political opponents, human rights advocates, and individuals perceived to pose a threat to government control and social order; security forces’ disregard for the rule of law; and restrictions on media freedom and civil liberties. Due to restrictions on the registration and operation of opposition parties, citizens did not have the ability to change their government through free and fair elections.Other major human rights problems included arbitrary or unlawful killings; torture and harsh conditions in prisons and detention centers; arbitrary arrest; prolonged pretrial detention; government infringement on citizens’ privacy rights and on freedoms of speech, assembly, and association; government restrictions on and harassment of some local and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), particularly organizations that monitored and reported on human rights and media freedoms;
Lastly, Madam Prime Minister Theresa May, in case you missed the news from Rwanda in the past two months, Kagame shut down some 1,500 churches — and imprisoned a bishop and five priests. Over a dozen Congolese refugees were killed. Human Rights Watch lost its permit to operate in Rwanda.