Entries in Rwanda (2)


UK Suspending Aid to Rwanda Amid UN Concerns

Ingram Publishing(LONDON) -- Britain is blocking monetary aid to Rwanda after nearly 20 years as one of the African country's largest foreign donors.

The decision to withhold a $33.7 million aid package came after the United Nations raised concerns that the Rwandan government was providing support to a rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"I have decided not to release the next payment of budget support to Rwanda," said U.K. International Development Secretary Justine Greening, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Greening said the decision to stop the payment, due next month, was because Rwanda had breached partnership agreements conditional to the funds.

"The government has already set out its concerns over credible and compelling reports of Rwandan involvement with M23 in the Democratic Republic of Congo," Greening said, according to a Financial Times report. "This evidence constitutes a breach of the partnership prinicples set out in the memorandum of understanding and, as a result, I have decided not to release the next payment of budget support to Rwanda."

The Rwandan government maintains it is not involved with the M23 or any conflict in the Congo, and called the U.K.'s funding freeze "highly regrettable," the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the Journal's report, this is the second time in a year that the U.K. has suspended Rwandan aid amid the U.N. accusations.

The European Union continues to provide earmarked funds, but has no plans to send any new aid.  In July, the U.S. suspended $200,000 in military funding, a portion of a $160 million package promised for long-term development in Rwanda, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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ICTR Convicts First Woman in History for Rwanda Genocide

Photos dot com/Jupiterimages(ARUSHA, Tanzania) -- The first woman to be tried and convicted by the International Crime Tribunal for Rwanda was sentenced to life in prison Friday. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, 65, is considered one of the key instigators in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which took place in Butare, according to the BBC.

Nyiramasuhuko had long been friends with the wife of President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose assassination, the New York Times reports, incited a mass-slaughter lasting 100 days in 1994.

A once powerful Rwandan politician, Nyiramasuhuko ordered the then-governor to organize mass killings.  When the governor resisted, he was immediately killed, reports say.  Nyiramasuhuko, then ordered the mass-execution of the Tutsi population in her home region.

Nyiramasuhuko's son Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, who she often told to organize the kidnappings and rapes of women and girls in Butare, was also convicted and handed a life sentence.

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