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Urgent Interventions

Rwanda: forced disappearance of Mr. Olivier Mubiligi

RWA 100401

The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Rwanda.

Brief description of the situation:

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l'Homme, a member of the OMCT network, of the disappearance of Mr. Olivier Mubiligi, since the beginning of March, 2001, following death threats allegedly made by the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA).

According to the information received, Mr. Mubiligi reportedly believes that the repeated death threats, that ultimately have forced him into hiding, are due to the fact that he knows the identities of those guilty of murdering his uncle, Mr. Nkezabangwa Vincent, on February 15, 1997 in Gizozi. Mr. Nkezabangwa Vincent was the ex vice-president of Rwanda's Supreme Court, and was allegedly murdered by members of the RPA. The RPA are thought to be threatening to kill Mr. Mubiligi in order to ensure that he does not testify against them before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

OMCT is gravely concerned about Mr. Mubiligi's physical and psychological integrity, given these alleged death threats. OMCT is also concerned about the RPA's reported use of intimidation, and potentially murder, in order to protect its members and pervert the course of justice.

Action requested:

Please write to the authorities of Rwanda urging them to:
i. guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Olivier Mubiligi;
ii. guarantee an impartial and exhaustive inquiry into alleged use of intimidation by the RPA, bring those responsible before a competent and impartial tribunal and apply the penal, civil and administrative sanctions provided by law;
iii. guarantee Mr. Olivier Mubiligi's protection and enable him to testify in any future ICTR hearings concerning the death of Mr. Nkezabangwa Vincent.
iv. adopt immediate measures to put an end to the use of intimidation and death threats by the RPA;
v. ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.

Please also write to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda urging them to:
i. adopt immediate measures to locate Mr Mubiligi and provide him with adequate protection.

- International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha International Conference Centre, PO Box 6016, Arusha, Tanzania, Tel: +1 (212) 963 2850 / +255 (27) 2504369/72, Fax: +1 (212) 963 2848 / +255 (27) 2504000

- Office of the Prosecutor, Kigali, Amahoro Hotel, PO Box 749, Kigali, Rwanda, Tel: + 250 84266 / +1 (212) 963 9906, Fax: +1 (212) 9634001

- Major Général Paul Kagame, Président de la République, Présidence de la République, BP 15, Kigali, Rwanda. Fax: +871 761 850 629 or +250 84 390

- Colonel Emmanuel Habyarimana, Ministre de la Défense, Ministère de la Défense, BP 23, Kigali, Rwanda. Fax :(+ 250) 72431 ou (+ 250) 76969

- M. Jean de Dieu Mucyo, Ministre de la Justice et des Relations institutionnelles, Ministère de la Justice, BP 160 Kigali,Rwanda. Fax: (+ 250) 865 09

- M. Gasana Ndoba, Président de la Commission National des Droits de l'Homme, BP 269, Kigali, Rwanda. Fax:(+ 250) 82702 or +250 510393

- Mr Abdul Kharim Harelimana, Ministre de l’Intérieur, Ministère de l’Intérieur, BP 446, Kigali, Rwanda. Fax : +250 84373/83374

Geneva, 10 April 2001
Kindly inform the International Secretariat of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.
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