His Excellency Paul Kagame at the Harvard Kennedy School

Rwandan President Paul Kagame addressed the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum last month on a range of domestic and foreign policy issues affecting his country and neighboring African nations, from gender equality to economic infrastructure to running for a third term in office.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “His Excellency Paul Kagame at the Harvard Kennedy School

  • What is wrong with Harvard, the Kennedy School and the Harvard Africa Policy Journal?

    Why are you celebrating the worst war criminal and terrorist of our generation? He is the architect of the civil war and genocide in Rwanda, the pillager of the DRC and the man behind the deaths and rapes of millions.

    Maybe you should ask Mrs. Victoire Ingabire, his former opponent for the presidency, what she thinks about Kagame’s vision of “gender equality” after he had her beaten up and thrown in prison…

    After spending almost 5 years on the front lines of the conflict in the Great Lakes, I helped to found the Africa Policy Journal. One of my contributions was one of the original articles in the first edition. I suggest that you re-read it. Nothing much has changed regarding Kagame’s record, except that he has taken to sending assassination squads to kill his erstwhile senior associates [ex. Patrick Karegeya & Kayumba Nyamwasa] in the minority Tutsi government except (so far) for those accomplices given . In the meantime, and “useful idiots” in the west give fellowships at the Kennedy School [Ex. Donald Kaberuka] and senior UN positions to those accomplices of Kagame who are still in his good graces, despite the abundant evidence of terrorism, crimes against humanity and even indictments in human rights courts.

    “Killing Them Softly: Has Foreign Aid to Rwanda and Uganda Contributed to the Humanitarian Tragedy in the Democratic Republic of Congo? ” Africa Policy
    Journal [Harvard Kennedy School of Government], Spring 2006, Volume 1 http://www.hks.harvard.edu/kssgorg/apj/issues/2006_issue/reid.htm

    War is not Politics by Other Means: a Case Study of how Western Indulgence Encouraged Rwanda and Uganda to Undermine the Security and Sovereignty of the Democratic Republic of Congo published in Manuela Franco [Ed.]. A UE E ÁFRICA: EM BUSCA E PACERIA DE PARCERIA ESTRATÉGICA [“The EU and Africa: Looking for Strategic Partnership”]. Fundaçào Luso-Americana [Luso- American Foundation] & Instituto Portugués de Relações Internacionais [IPRI – Portuguese Institute for International Relations].Lisbon, 2009: pp 133-196. Previously published as Working Paper n. o 36 – IPRI 08 | Abril | 2008. NOTE: The first draft was presented at the Conference – “The EU and Africa: Looking for Strategic Partnership” November 8-9, 2007- organized in preparation for the EU Africa Summit which took place in Lisbon December 2007. http://www.ipri.pt/publicacoes/working_paper/working_paper.php?idp=238

    SOME REPORTS OF RPF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN RWANDA AND THE DRC

    NOTE: The following are just a few of the many official reports on the RPF killing in Rwanda and the DRC. They have all been delayed, blocked, buried and adulterated at one point or other thanks to the efforts of the powerful RPF lobby in the UN.

    1. “Summary for UNHCR Presentation Before Commission of Experts, 10 October 1994: Prospects for Early Repatriation of Rwandan Refugees Currently in Burundi, Tanzania and Zaire” [aka “the Gersony Report”] which can be accessed at http://rwandinfo.com/documents/Gersony_Report.pdf

    2. “Letter dated 29 June 1998 from the Secretary General addressed to the President of the Security Council”. S/1998/581 [aka “the Garreton Report”]. Can be easily accessed at http://www.undemocracy.com/S-1998-581

    3. “Report of the Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of Democratic Republic of Congo”. S/2001/357. Can be accessed at http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/%28Symbol%29/S.2001.357.En?Opendocument

    4. “IRC Study Shows Congo’s Neglected Crisis Leaves 5.4 Million Dead: 22 Jan 2008 – Peace Deal in North Kivu, Increased Humanitarian Aid Security Seen as Critical to Reducing Death Toll” accessed 23 Jan 08 at http://www.theirc.org/news/irc-studyshows-congos0122.html

    5. “Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1993–2003 – Report of the Mapping Exercise documenting the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003”. August 2010. Unofficial translation from French original: “République Démocratique du Congo, 1993-2003 – Rapport du Projet Mapping concernant les violations les plus graves des droits de l’homme et du droit international humanitaire commises entre mars 1993 et juin 2003 sur le territoire de la République démocratique du Congo”. Août 2010. Both versions can be accessed at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/AfricaRegion/Pages/RDCProjetMapping.aspx

    6. For an article on some of the adulterations of the Mapping Report following pressure from the Rwanda Lobby [after the original was leaked] SEE, for ex.: Lynch, Colum. “UN waters down genocide charges against Rwandan forces in Congo”. Foreign Policy: October 1, 2010. Accessed 08 October 2010 at http://turtlebay.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/10/01/un_waters_down_genocide_charges_against_rwandan_forces_in_congo

    • Tim: Thanks for your comments. We aren’t celebrating him. The event took place on campus amid much controversy, so we thought we should share the video for those who weren’t able to make it. If you watched the video, you would have seen that the moderator raised the points you mentioned. On a slightly different note, we are super glad to see that you are still keeping an eye on the APJ. We would love to talk about how to get you more involved. Please let us know. Our official email is down, but we can be reached at harvardapj{at}gmail.com

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