Joint Submission to the 10th UPR Session on Rwanda

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On 5th July East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and Front Line Submitted a report on Rwanda for the 10th Session of the UPR. The report highlighted the limited space of independent human rights activism in the country, stigmatization and intimidation of independent journalists and the use of genocide – related charges against human rights defenders.

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Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:

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