KPFA Evening News, 10.27.2013
Supporters of Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire will hold an all day sit-in outside the Rwandan Embassy in Brussels on Friday, November 1st, the day that Rwanda’s Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on her appeal. Ingabire has been behind bars in Rwanda’s 1930 maximum security prison for three years, since October of 2010. She attempted to run against sitting President Paul Kagame that year, but was never allowed to register her party. In October of 2012, she was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for treason and genocide denial, which means disagreeing with the official, Constitutionally codified history of the Rwandan Genocide. Her case is significant not only in Rwanda but also in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has suffered seventeen years of war and ongoing conflict in the aftermath of Rwanda's four year civil war and genocide.
Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire seated behind and between her British lawyer Iain Edwards, left, and her Rwandan lawyer, Gatera Gashabana, right.