African Court on Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) is on Tuesday publicly starting the case involving Victoire Ingabire and Government of Rwanda.
the case was scheduled to start between March 16th and 17th but it was shifted to be held between March 21st and 22nd, according to the court web news.
Ingabire, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence in Nyarugenge Prison, known as 1930, has filed his case to the court in October 2014 , appealing against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the sentence she was handed.
She accuses the Government of Rwanda’s justice for failing to respect the agreements on Human Rights which the the government signed, where she wanted the court to cancel the Supreme Court’s verdict taken on her trial that saw her being sentenced to serving 15 years behind the bars.
She also asked called for deep assessment on laws on Genocide ideology, Genocide denial and spreading rumors which were basically referred to while trying her. Ingabire says that these laws are not clear.
in the letter submitted to the court by opposition political party FDU-Inkingi, which Ingabire chairs, the party appears appealing immediate release of Ingabire since the trial is yet to start and also the total spendings she dropped during the days she expressed tireless wish to be released.
Back in 2013, Rwanda has signed agreements with AfCHPR,stating that any Rwandese citizen himself or a group of Rwandans can file a case relating to human rights.
But in 2016, Rwanda has terminated the agreements with this court, after a Genocide suspect known as Stanley Safari exiled abroad attempting to escape from the court charges and, in the aftermath, filed the case to the court that his rights were violated.
Safari was a senator in the parliament in 2009, and was found guilty of committing different offenses connected to Genocide where Huye-based Gacaca court handed him a life sentence as a result. However, it has been a while since he escaped.
In a letter of withdrawal that Rwanda submitted to the court reads, “The republic of Rwanda, through the immunity it owns, withdraws from the agreements previously signed on January 22, 2013, handing the power to the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, especially in its article 5(3) on the case reception, until it is reviewed”