#CONGO – #DRC: HRW – a Political Weapon Against Rwanda?

Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth

By Emmanuel Mugisha

The latest report by Human Right Watch does nothing but show the kind of bias that the US-based rights group has against the government of Rwanda, which makes me wonder how anybody with a fair mind fails to see this bias from the first to the last paragraph.

The report is deeply flawed – including quoting so-called Rwandan officers who have worked with M23 and were previously on Rwandan peacekeeping contingents in Darfur and Somalia- and only shows how too low HRW can stoop.

Surely it was not hard for this organization to establish that Rwanda has never deployed a single peacekeeper in Somalia.

In his well articulated document called ‘The Travesty of Human Rights Watch on Rwanda’, retired American diplomat Richard Johnson, evidently proves that HRW’s discourse on Rwanda over the past twenty years has been viscerally hostile to the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) which defeated the genocidal regime in 1994.

In his own judgment, Human Rights Watch is far from doing human rights advocacy but actively involved in political advocacy against Rwanda.

An excerpt in his document calls upon the HRW’s Board of Directors to hold HRW personnel who cover Rwandan issues accountable for this travesty, which has dangerous implications for Western policy toward Rwanda.

The discipline of modern international relations considers non-state actors like HRW as potential actors in influencing diplomatic relations.

The continued and intentional bias of HRW reports against Rwanda leaves a big question in any ones rational mind as to whether HRW is not a well formed weapon against Rwanda targeting to tarnish the good and well earned reputation of Rwanda on the international scene.

As requested by Richard Johnson in his document, western governments should be careful about following HRW advice and reports on Rwanda simply because this will discourages Western governments from doing what they should to support Rwanda’s recovery from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Rwanda has on very many occasions proved her good will in contributing towards bringing sustainable peace in the Great Lakes region and being part of the solution to the sick man of Africa-Congo.

The HRW being adamant to accept Rwanda’s enormous contribution to the DRC question, recently produced a report linking the ongoing rape cases and human rights violation in DRC to Rwanda. Very unfair!

Human Right Watch, like other self styled watchdogs who play double standard when dealing with Rwanda, have a hidden agenda that the International community should endeavor to unearth before putting into consideration their misleading and biased reports.

I strongly believe that most of their decision making processes are not transparent. Is their practice open to public scrutiny and accountability? I wonder! The media ought to unveil to the international community the offense done against Rwanda by HRW.

The International Community should bring to account such organization especially by looking deeper into allegations such as paying witnesses to fabricate evidence, which is a common practice by Human Rights Watch.

ALSO READ : Why HRW and MONUSCO are not Condemning Kabila For Using FDLR?


3 thoughts on “#CONGO – #DRC: HRW – a Political Weapon Against Rwanda?

  1. You are right Mugisha, we know very well that this Guy pays poor witnesses to fabricate evidences. And one day he will look more like a ghost or evil in society. How can you return raping, looting, killing of innocent people by FDLR mainly, FARDC and other foolish groups like MaiMai to a group that is struggling for theit rights and the right of the minority to live in peace, harmony and respect?
    M23 can’t kill innocent people. They can’t. They are real freedom fighters and freedom fighters don’t kill innocent people. That’s how and why their are so strong and difficult to defeat. HRW are just so stupid to know this reality. Look, the other day, FARDC-FDLR bombs killed innocent people and HRW keeps quite. Is this normal from them? Is this normal from UN-MONUSCO to keep quite?
    Things fall apart! We are living in a world that is becoming stupid really. How can people tolerate an organization that spread lies and spits out his poison on our region? Roth hates HE Kagame because He is the rare one to not tolerate such misery.

  2. The Congo has always produced unusual occurrences of every type. Traveling celebrities drop in to view aid programs and end up in sumptuous dinners hosted by ranking UN, Congo government, and foreign mission heads. The people in the urban slums and often impoverished villages struggle with the basics of life. Security really remains only for the better off and rarely reaches beyond the major cities.

    These days the long term rebellion by the Tutsi-led terrorist group, M-23, has finally been recognized by the UN as an insurgent movement capable of overrunning the entire eastern Congo. A combat brigade made up of troops from Malawi, Tanzania, and South Africa has been designated to physically counter the rebels. The question is why these countries were chosen to enter into combat rather than the traditional United Nations’ methodology of avoiding direct confrontation in favor of merely “establishing a presence.”

    To fight M-23, a force of 1,500 originally was decided as adequate. That figure has now risen to 3,000. The South Africans are clearly unhappy with the makeup of the combat force. They think they can and should handle the fighting job themselves, with the other two national entities in support. They openly object to a Tanzanian general as brigade commander and don’t much care either for the Brazilian general who is the overall military chief in Congo. This little political fracas is going on while the existing UN peacekeeping units — geared to avoid fighting if at all possible — number 19,000 and have cost $10 billion since 1999 for what is referred to in accounting terms as “overall countering of violence.”

    The combat brigade is not scheduled to be action-ready until this September. It appears no one is rushing into this offensive, including M-23, which has repeated its suggestion that peace talks should be begun again in Uganda. Only the badly disciplined, but still aggressive, regular Congolese Army wants to get at the rebels. Apparently this is a desire to avenge their earlier embarrassing defeat in being temporarily ousted by the rebels from the major city of Goma.

    It’s hard to believe that all this has been going on in the Congo in one form or another since July 1960. There is a lesson here that no one seems to have learned!

  3. Rares sont des analystes indépendants comme Ken Roth qui tente de disculper le Rwanda des accusations mensongères de HRW. Il est vrai que tout ce qui se dit est archi faux. Les preuves sont fabriquées pourvu que Kabila soit prêt à payer la facture. Le HRW est ainsi devenu une industrie de mises en scènes cyniques à la Holliwoodienne contre Kigali. Ceux qui le savent ne peuvent pas tous tirer la sonnette d’alarme par peur des représailles.
    Comme le monde est injuste.
    A bon entendeur salut.
    A bientôt.

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