Document - Rwanda: Further information on medical concern: Idesbald Byabuze Katabaruka (m)

PUBLIC AI Index: AFR 47/005/2007

21 March 2007

Further Information on UA 58/07 (AFR 47/003/2007, 21 March 2007) Medical concern

RWANDA Idesbald Byabuze Katabaruka (m), Congolese national

On 21 March, Congolese law professor Idesbald Byabuze Katabaruka was released from Kigali Central Prison, where he was being held for "threatening state security" and "discrimination and sectarianism". The charges have been dropped and legal proceedings against him have been halted.

Idesbald Byabuze Katabaruka has been transported to the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo by the authorities. He has safely entered the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the Rwandan authorities have banned him from ever returning to the country.

Idesbald Byabuze Katabaruka was arrested on 16 February, and charged on 23 February. The Rwandan public prosecutor issued the charges in relation to several public documents which Idesbald Byabuze Katabaruka had allegedly written or co-authored, including an article entitled Alerte Rwanda ("Rwanda Warning"). The article, published on an African current affairs website in June 2005, was an overview of human rights concerns in Rwanda. It was highly critical of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front.

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