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Rwanda: Releases must be followed by opening up of political space

, Index number: AFR 47/9123/2018

The release from prison of opposition politician Victoire Ingabire and popular singer Kizito Mihigo on 15 September 2018 is a positive step in the right direction. Amnesty International calls on the Government of Rwanda to build on this move by taking all necessary actions to open up political space in the country and ensure that the fair trial rights of all detainees, including former presidential aspirant Diane Rwigara, are upheld. On 14 September, President Paul Kagame informed the cabinet that he was exercising his prerogative to grant mercy to Kizito Mihigo and Victoire Ingabire and commute their sentences

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