Rwanda youth prisoners in Rwanda in 2010

The human rights situation in Rwanda has created a major concern. On June 16, 2021, the US Government issued a travel warning advising that Rwanda has reached security "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution". The US State Department advised  US citizens to contact Rwandan Development Board before travelling to several areas in the country. The warning mentions increased risks due to conflicts at the borders with Burundi to the South and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to South West and North West of Rwanda.

These conflicts have worsened the human rights situation in Rwanda and led to widespread arrests, tortures, and kidnapping of real or suspected critics of or members of opposition groups to the Government of Rwanda, led by Rwandan Dictator Paul Kagame.

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Kenneth Kaunda visiting villagers in 1980's

Former Zambian President and independence fighter and leader, Kenneth Kaunda, died on Thursday June 17, 2021. He was 97 years old. Kenneth Kaunda was Zambia's first president, following Zambia independence from Britain, in 1964. He was considered as one of African freedom fighters and heroes for the fight against colonialism and later, Apartheid. He ruled from 1964 until 1991. 

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Congo President Felix Tshisekedi visits a memorial of civil war victims in Rwanda in March 2019

On May 18, 2021, on the sidelines of an African economic summit organized by French President Emmanuel Macron,  Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame, talking to French media, rejected the 2010 UN Mapping Report. The report reports documents the systematic massacres and acts of genocide commited in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  by the Rwandan army and its created, armed and funded militias. Paul Kagame's statements received worldwide condemnations and indignations. Congolese leaders were initially silent. Following massive popular and media pressure,  DRC  President Felix Tshiskedi reacted with brief, but even more controversial,  statements. His statements have created indignations, condamnations and great dismay in  DRC and around the World.  Following his statetments,  activists, journalists, politicians, and others,  on social media and other channels,  have been wondering how a country like the DRC can have such an apparently "incompetent",  "ignorant", and "opportunist" leader. 

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General Paul Kagame's Speech Attacking BBC in December 2014 over Human Rights Abuses Reports

 Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, has cancelled the CommonWealth summit that was planned in Kigali, Rwanda in June 2021. The decision was communicated in a Circular Letter dated on May 7, 2021,  a copy of which was obtained by AfroAmerica Network.  The official reasons of the cancellation are the prevailing risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CommonWealth Secretary-General refers to  assessments by health institutions, including the World Health Organization. 

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