Fellow Rwandans, we have spent 23 years under an authoritarian regime led by the Rwandan Patriotic Front, where Rwandans have been jailed, forced in exile, and killed simply for expressing their views against the regime in place. The authoritarianism and coercive nature of the regime has been well documented by reputable organisations including Human Right Watch and US State Department.
The RPF poor leadership has led Diane Rwigara to take an unprecedent steps to stand up a candidate for 2017 presidential elections. Her motives were to bring changes that most of the Rwandans desperately needed. Those changes include:
· Respect of Rwandans fundamental freedom and Liberties.
· Eradicate RPF injustice and authoritarianism.
· Provide to Rwandans an open and peaceful space to provide for their families.
· To reinstate the rule of law.
· To establish the political and economic space.
· To adopt sound policies aimed to eradicate poverty and increase Rwandans living standards.
However, it was impossible for Diane Rwigara to stand up for presidential elections as result of being discredited unjustly by the Rwandan Election Commission which was an apparatus branch of the ruling party.
As result, Diane Rwigara jointly with other youth striving for changes, created People Salvation Movement (Itabaza), which is a platform aimed to educate Rwandans to stand up for their rights, to awaken their civic rights, to fight fear, oppression and to encourage Rwandans to hold their government accountable. This platform is a place close to Diane heart to express her ideas and ideals even if the regime wants to silence her by throwing her to jail.
This is the reason why, we are calling to all Rwandans from North, South, East and West of the Country to stand up and voice their anger against the injustice, oppression and to ask for the political and economic security. Rwandans should stand up and tell the government that enough is enough and fight for their rights.
The great Mandela once said, I quote “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an Ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”
We are urging the Rwandan Government to release Diane Rwigara, immediately and unconditionally.
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