Rwanda’s high court on Thursday acquitted the country’s most prominent opposition figure, Diane Rwigara, of all charges against her, with the judge saying the prosecution failed to provide evidence of insurrection and forgery.
As she waits for a judge to pronounce her fate, the Rwandan opposition leader accused of inciting insurrection and forgery after challenging the longtime president in last year’s election says no amount of pressure will silence her.
Former Rwandan presidential candidate Diane Rwigara was freed on bail on Friday after more than a year behind bars on charges she has called politically motivated after her outspoken challenge of one of Africa’s most prominent leaders.
Drawing cartoons or producing writing that “humiliates” a government official is now a criminal offense in Rwanda, a new law says.
Rwanda’s president on Wednesday warned a prominent opposition leader and others newly released from prison to be “humble” and “careful” or they’ll end up behind bars again.
One of Rwanda’s most prominent opposition leaders walked free on Saturday after the government approved the early release of more than 2,100 prisoners with little explanation.
Rwanda’s government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community whose sometimes makeshift operations, authorities say, have threatened the lives of followers.
Burundi’s president has signed a decree setting May 17 for a referendum on changes to the constitution that could keep him in power until 2034, days after some ruling party members bestowed on him the title of “eternal supreme guide.”
At least 16 people were killed in Rwanda and 140 others injured when lightning struck a Seventh Day Adventist church in the country’s south, said a provincial governor.
More than a month after he was allegedly tortured by members of Uganda’s secret service, Rwandan citizen Fidel Gatsinzi is still limping from his injuries.