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07 Feb 2016 description

Paris, France | AFP | dimanche 07/02/2016 - 10:48 GMT

Le général français Jean-Claude Lafourcade a été entendu en janvier à Paris comme témoin assisté par un juge sur le rôle et l'attitude de la force française Turquoise lors du génocide de 1994 au Rwanda, a appris dimanche l'AFP de sources proches du dossier.

Il a notamment été questionné sur le massacre de Bisesero, fin juin 1994, quelques jours après le déploiement de cette opération qui avait pour mission, confiée par l'ONU, de faire cesser les tueries, y compris en usant de la force.

07 Feb 2016 description

Paris, France | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 11:10 GMT

A French general has testified for the first time in a probe into the role of French forces during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, sources close to the case said Sunday.

General Jean-Claude Lafourcade was questioned in particular over claims that France's UN-mandated Operation Turquoise, which he led, left ethnic Tutsis to be slaughtered by Hutu killers in the western Bisesero hills in June 1994, the sources said.

05 Feb 2016 description

In Rwanda, most farming is done by women on small plots of land, often on the steep slopes of the country’s many hills. Farming communities face many challenges, including land scarcity, low yields, and rampant malnutrition. To address these constraints, the U.S. Government, through Feed the Future, partnered with the Walmart Foundation to train 50,000 Rwandan farmers in bio-intensive agricultural techniques that increase the production of maize, beans and dairy, as well as nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits.

02 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Des restrictions contraignantes imposées à la liberté d’expression et à l’espace politique sont restées en place. Par rapport aux années précédentes, certaines stations de radio ont diffusé un plus grand nombre d’émissions exprimant des avis critiques sur le gouvernement, mais les opinions progouvernementales ont dominé les médias nationaux. Le gouvernement a suspendu les émissions en kinyarwanda de la BBC à l’intérieur du Rwanda pour une durée indéterminée, privant ainsi de nombreux Rwandais d’une source importante d’informations indépendantes.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Tight restrictions on freedom of speech and political space remained in place. Some radio stations have broadcast more programs expressing critical views of the government than in previous years, but pro-government views dominated domestic media. The government suspended the BBC’s Kinyarwanda broadcasts inside Rwanda indefinitely, depriving many Rwandans of an important source of independent information.

The parliament approved amendments to the constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to stand for a third term in 2017, to be confirmed in a public referendum.

29 Jan 2016 description

La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) et le gouvernement rwandais ont signé, le mercredi 27 janvier 2016 à Kigali, une aide d’urgence d’un million de dollars EU (753 millions de francs rwandais-FRW) en faveur des réfugiés burundais au Rwanda.

Le principal objectif de cette aide est de répondre à la nécessité de fournir immédiatement et de toute urgence suffisamment de bois pour répondre aux besoins domestiques des réfugiés et d’accroître l’utilisation de fourneaux à charbon à haut rendement énergétique afin de réduire la déforestation.

29 Jan 2016 description

The Government of Rwanda and the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, signed a US $1-million (RWF 753-million) emergency assistance grant to Burundian refugees in Rwanda.

The main objective of the assistance is to respond to the urgent and immediate need of procuring sufficient wood to meet domestic needs of refugees and to increase the usage of energy-efficient charcoal stoves to reduce deforestation.

29 Jan 2016 description

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | vendredi 29/01/2016 - 09:08 GMT

par Stephanie AGLIETTI

Chez les 25.000 Burundais réfugiés à Kigali pour fuir la crise dans leur pays, l'espoir initial de rentrer dans un avenir proche semble envolé et tous s'attendent désormais à ce que la crise s'éternise.

27 Jan 2016 description

Burundian refugees in Mahama camp have extoled the efforts of the government of Rwanda and UNHCR to respond to their most critical needs in health and education by providing adequate and modern infrastructures.

26 Jan 2016 description

December/January Season A harvests improving food security

Key Messages

  • Food security has improved significantly for the majority of households in Rwanda following favorable Season A harvests. Average to above-average September to December short rains provided agricultural-related income-earning opportunities for labor-dependent households and supported average to above-average maize and beans production. Household food stocks have increased and food insecurity is anticipated to be Minimal (IPC Phase 1) through at least March.

31 Dec 2015 description
report UN News Service

31 December 2015 – The United Nations tribunal set up 21 years ago to judge those guilty for the genocide in Rwanda of more than 800,000 people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, and also moderate Hutu, Twa and others – formally closed today after delivering 45 judgments as part of the Organization’s efforts to stamp out impunity for crimes against humanity.

31 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Since November, the total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda remained stable, with a low number of new arrivals.

  • Nearly 46,000 refugees are now living in Mahama camp (30,000 in the original camp, and 16,000 in the extended camp); transition to semi-permanent housing is ongoing.

  • Attendance at the education orientation programme increased by 25% from 11,000 to 14,000 students in the past month.