Agathon Rwasa

Ce site web publie les atrocités des rebelles FNL du Burundi et mène une campagne pour traduire en justice le dirigeant des FNL, Agathon Rwasa. Nous essayons aussi de mettre à nue la question d'impunité en génerale. This website aims to highlight atrocities by the Burundian FNL rebels, and campaigns to see FNL leader Agathon Rwasa brought to justice. We also aim to highlight the issue of impunity worldwide.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Groundhog day in Burundi as Rwasa declares an end to his campaign of violence - again



Rwasa (r) promising to stop killing people in 2005



Rwasa (l) promising to stop killing people in 2006


Rwasa (c) promising to stop killing people in 2008

It happened in 2005, it happened again in 2006, and now we're back here for round three: the FNL leader Agathon Rwasa has declared his intention to stop killing people, and affirmed his commitment to peace, democracy etc. while the UN and the international media look on and applaud.

Strangely absent, as usual, from the media coverage of Rwasa's latest rebranding exercise, are the names of his many victims: - Pasteur Jacques Rutekereza, one of the 156 Congolese Tutsis murdered by a coalition of FNL, Mai-Mai and FDLR killers in the August 2004 Gatumba refugee camp massacre. Arthur Kabunda, Charlotte Wilson and Richard Ndereyimana, three of the 21 passengers who were massacred after the Titanic Express bus was ambushed close to Bujumbura in December 2000. The thousands of others killed in other bus ambushes around Bujumbura between 1993 and 2005. And the hundreds - if not thousands - of Hutu residents living under the paranoid tyranny of FNL control in Bujumbura Rurale, who have been tortured and killed on suspicion of disloyalty.

Burundian government promises of justice for the victims of the Titanic Express and Gatumba massacres have so far come to nothing - and there is little to show for all the talk of the Gatumba massacre being referred to the International Criminal Court.

It would be nice to think that the international mediators falling over themselves to take credit for "restoring peace" are right this time, and that giving in to the FNL's demand for a blanket amnesty and government posts (without, of course, the formality of actually having to be elected) are all that it will take to persuade them, at last, to stop killing and torturing people. But history would suggest otherwise, and tragically the UN's wishful thinking on this issue is likely only to embolden Burundi's criminal elite, and lead to yet more killings. War criminals tend not to make great politicians.


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2 Comments:

Blogger Desire-Joseph Katihabwa said...

It is important to indicate that the situation of Burundi is not the same as in Rwanda.

In the case of Burundi, even though there are the same tribes (Hutu and Tutsi), Burundi has a history of brutality from both sides of the tribes (Hutu and Tutsi).

A Crime ordered by Politicians should not be blamed on the whole Nation but rather bring to Justice those who incited others to kill People.

In Burundi, the conflict has benefited Elites of Political Parties.

If we have to talk about Justice, let us start from the People who ordered assassinations of the Burundi Royal Family (The Baganwa) up to 2008.

A fair justice system needs to serve the People, and not a tribe, Region or privileged Families who can buy their way out of being prosecuted, what you would call the untouchable.

12:47 AM  
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