Tag: Rwanda

Catholic bishops in Rwanda apologize for role in genocide

Catholic bishops in Rwanda apologize for role in genocide

| November 22, 2016

(GIN)—Twenty-two years after the genocide in Rwanda which took the lives of over 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, the Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized this week for the church’s role in the slaughter. According to a report by the Associated Press, the prelates said they regretted the actions of those who participated in the […]

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On African Information Day—getting the story right!

On African Information Day—getting the story right!

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—Media practitioners from around the continent met this month in Kigali, Rwanda, to celebrate African Information Day. Among the activities was the National Media Dialogue, the launch of the Media Barometer, a tool to self-assess the respect for freedom of expression and information and the state of the media in a specific country, the Development […]

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European lawmakers face backlash in Rwanda after ‘scathing report’

European lawmakers face backlash in Rwanda after ‘scathing report’

| October 11, 2016

(GIN)—Rwandan MPs are demanding apologies from eight European Union lawmakers over their report claiming that Rwanda is closing off its political space and denying freedom of expression. The MPs accused the Europeans of hiding under a veil of “gender empowerment” during a recent visit to Rwanda. Diplomatic dust started to fly after a visit last […]

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Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Tanzania over the weekend and was felt throughout the Great Lakes region, local authorities said on Sunday. Tanzanian premier Kassim Majaliwa headed to the worst-hit city, Bukoba, to attend a ceremony at its stadium. “This tragic event is unprecedented. We’ve never known this in our country,” he told mourners. “The […]

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African Union unveils new Pan-African passport

African Union unveils new Pan-African passport

| July 20, 2016

(GIN)—National leaders at the African Union summit held in Kigali, Rwanda, last week were presented with a prototype of the long-awaited Pan-African passport. “We’ve been overwhelmed by requests and enquiries of other ministers, officials and African citizens to share in this privilege of holding an African passport,” said AU Commissioner Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. It is hoped […]

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Rwanda genocide survivors, their gift to all women, seen in new film

Rwanda genocide survivors, their gift to all women, seen in new film

(GIN)—The outlines of the Rwandan genocide are known by many. The time it took place (April to July 1994), the troubling silence of the international community, the number of those brutally murdered (as many as 800,000 mostly of the Tutsi minority and some Hutus) and the ever-debated questions—what could turn a people against their neighbor […]

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Rwandans recall ‘genocide ideology’ at memorial observance

Rwandans recall ‘genocide ideology’ at memorial observance

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—Candle lighting, a minute of silence, the laying of wreaths and other memorial ceremonies will be held this week when Rwanda recalls the genocide in 1994 that took 800,000 lives. It is also a time for diplomats and local leaders to talk with communities about the atrocities of genocide and the importance of working towards […]

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New Iran trade deal bonus for Kenyan tea planters

New Iran trade deal bonus for Kenyan tea planters

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—Kenya’s tea planters are in for a much-needed lift with or without caffeine as trade with one the world’s 10 biggest tea-consuming nations comes on line. East African tea exports to Iran are expected to jump more than fivefold by 2019 as trade with the Persian Gulf nation normalizes after western sanctions are lifted, a […]

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Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—After 21 years, 93 cases and $2 billion, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda wound up business at year’s end with one final case. The judges deliberated on an appeal sought by Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the former minister for women’s development, her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, and four government officials.  Their convictions, which they sought to […]

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Rwandans, defying odds, give President Kagame third term option

Rwandans, defying odds, give President Kagame third term option

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—In a setback to the international community which lobbied heavily for a “no” vote, Rwandan citizens overwhelmingly gave a thumbs up to a third term option for President Paul Kagame. Kagame, now completing his second term, was previously unable to seek an additional term according to the constitution. The head of the National Electoral Commission […]

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