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Rusesabagina: ‘Rwanda back to ethnic servitude system’

Olivier Nyirubugara
25 April 2009

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The Hotel Rwanda hero, Paul Rusesabagina is worried about the direction Rwanda is taking, especially with an unfairly managed reconciliation process through popular tribunals known as Gacaca. Rusesabagina denounces that system, where judges are illiterate and have no understanding of laws. He is more upset about the so-called public interest labour that replaces jail sentences for repentant genocidaires, which reminds of, and resembles the banished feudal system known as Ubuhake.

This report was made on 25 April 2009 in The Hague, where Rusesabagina held a lecture in front of 500 people at the Hague University. He was one of the two keynote speakers at the yearly Africa Day event organised by the Evert Vermeer Foundation. Rusesabagina once described himself as ‘an ordinary man’, but he has since 2004 become a world celebrity due to the film Hotel Rwanda that featured his risky and courageous rescue operation during the 1994 genocide.

Also view: The 26 April 2008 Hague special conference on peace