EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 47/01/98
6 January 1998
Further information on UA 405/97 (AFR 47/45/97, 22 December 1997) -
Fear of ill-treatment / medical concern
Philomène Mukabarali is still in detention at the “criminologie”, a detention
centre in the capital Kigali, which comes under the jurisdiction of the
Gendarmerie. She is now able to receive visitors, who have been allowed to
bring her medicines. However, she has reportedly still not been examined by
a doctor. There are continuing fears for her physical and psychological health.
A few days after her arrest on 19 December 1997, soldiers reportedly returned
to Philomène Mukabarali’s house. They questioned an elderly domestic worker
there about his relationship with the family and asked him why he had remained
in the house.
On 31 December, at least five of the people who had been arrested with Philomène
Mukabarali on 19 December were released. There are unconfirmed reports that
several of them had been beaten in detention and required medical treatment.
The domestic worker Ndagijimana is among those who remain in detention.
Those released were reportedly questioned by military officials about whether
there were arms or interahamwe militiamen in Philomène Mukabarali’s home. They
denied these allegations.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in French or English or in your own language:
- welcoming the fact that Philomène Mukabarali has been allowed to receive
visits and to take her medicines, but expressing continuing concern for her
physical and psychological health in detention;
- appealing for her to be given immediate access to a doctor;
- calling for her immediate and unconditional release, unless she is to be
charged with a recognizably criminal offence.
Général Major Paul KAGAME
Vice-Président de la République et Ministre de la Défense
BP 23, Kigali, Rwanda
Faxes: +250 72431; 76969
Telegrams: Vice-President, Kigali, Rwanda
Salutation: Monsieur le Vice-Président/Dear Vice-President
Colonel Marcel GATSINZI
Chef d’Etat-major de la Gendarmerie
BP 359, Kigali, Rwanda
Faxes: +250 83559
Telegrams: Chef d’Etat-major Gendarmerie, Kigali, Rwanda
Salutation: Monsieur le Chef d’Etat-Major/Dear Colonel Gatsinzi
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
BP 160, Kigali, Rwanda
Faxes: +250 86509