August 1st, 2013
02:16 AM ET

Rebels in Congo face deadline to hand in arms

Rebels in an unstable part of the Democratic Republic of Congo have until Thursday afternoon to hand in their weapons to U.N. peacekeepers or risk being disarmed by force.

The ultimatum comes amid the latest flare up of unrest in central Africa's volatile Great Lakes region.

The 19,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO, issued the deadline on Tuesday. It's the first time it has said it will use its troops there to implement a security area around the city of Goma, by the border with Rwanda.

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February 21st, 2013
08:06 PM ET

Woman lied about role in Rwanda genocide

A New Hampshire jury on Thursday convicted a Rwandan woman of lying about her role in a 1994 genocide in her home country to acquire U.S. citizenship.

Beatrice Munyenyezi, 43, had her citizenship revoked and will face sentencing in June for two counts of lying on U.S. government applications, authorities said.

She faces up to 10 years behind bars, a $250,000 fine on each count and possible deportation, according to the Justice Department.

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February 22nd, 2012
12:58 AM ET

Rwanda immigrant faces post-genocide fraud charges in U.S.

A 42-year-old immigrant from Rwanda, who is accused of lying her way into the United States after allegedly participating in the 1994 genocide that left up to 800,000 people dead, is going on trial in a New Hampshire federal court.

Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday in the case of Beatrice Munyenyezi, who allegedly committed fraud in 1995 by denying her alleged involvement in mass rape, murder and kidnappings in Rwanda a year earlier.

Prosecutors allege Munyenyezi, who is now a U.S. citizen, intentionally lied on a refugee questionnaire and naturalization documents about her role in the infamous slaughter, in which ethnic Hutu militants butchered their Tutsi counterparts over a three-month period.

They say Munyenyezi, a Hutu, was a member of an extremist group associated with a paramilitary organization that set up roadblocks and targeted fleeing Tutsis and their sympathizers.

One of the roadblocks was set up outside the Ihuriro Hotel - an establishment owned by her husband's family, according to the indictment.

The mother of three is allegedly married to former militia leader Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, who was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to life in prison last year.

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January 11th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Report: Rebels cleared in plane crash that sparked Rwandan genocide

The missile that brought down the plane carrying the president of Rwanda more than 17 years ago was fired from a camp controlled by his own ethnic group and not by Tutsi rebels, attorneys for the rebels said Wednesday.

The April 1994 crash of the plane near the capital, Kigali, and the death of then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, a member of the Hutu majority, was followed hours later by the start of mass killings. By the time they ended 100 days later, 800,000 people had died.

Most of the dead were members of the country's Tutsi minority, who were killed by Hutus.

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Endangered baby gorilla rescued from smugglers
Ihirwe, or Luck, the gorilla is receiving care at a Rwanda veterinary facility.
August 9th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Endangered baby gorilla rescued from smugglers

The infant gorilla's name is certainly appropriate Ihirwe in the African language of Kinyarwanda, which translates to luck in English.

Rwandan authorities rescued the year-old primate Sunday night as poachers tried to smuggle her into Rwanda from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday.

Mountain gorillas are critically endangered with fewer than 800 remaining in the wild in the mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

“The good news is that this infant was rescued before it was too late and is now in good hands. The bad news is that people believe there is a market for baby mountain gorillas and are willing to break laws and jeopardize the fate of a critically endangered species at the chance for profit,” Eugène Rutagarama, director of the International Gorilla Conservation Project, said in a statement. The project is a coalition of the World Wildlife Fund, African Wildlife Foundation and Flora & Fauna International.

The alleged smugglers, men from both Rwanda and the Congo, are in Rwandan custody, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The conservation coalition is working with Rwandan and Congolese authorities on an investigation into a possible smuggling network.

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Ex-Rwanda minister jailed for genocide, rape
A photo from May 28, 1994 shows displaced Tutsis at a refugee camp in Kabgayi, Rwanda.
June 24th, 2011
08:37 AM ET

Ex-Rwanda minister jailed for genocide, rape

A former Rwandan minister has been jailed for life for genocide and incitement to rape at the United Nations-backed court for Rwanda in Tanzania.

Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, who was one of the first women to be charged with genocide, was minister for family and women's affairs in the Rwandan government when some 800,000 people, mainly ethnic Tutsis, were killed in 1994.

She was accused of direct and public incitement to commit genocide and of being responsible for rape "as part of a widespread and systematic attack against a civilian population on political, ethnic and racial grounds," the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said.

Her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, a militia leader who was jointly charged in the case, was also convicted Friday of genocide, crimes against humanity including rape and persecution and war crimes, and sentenced to life in prison.

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October 28th, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Paul Rusesabagina

One of the foremost heroes in the horror that was the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Paul Rusesabagina now stands accused of helping rebels in that country, charges he denies.

Rwanda’s general prosecutor, Martin Ngoga, says he has evidence that Rusesabagina wired money from San Antonio, Texas, to commanders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR, via banks in Congo, Tanzania and Burundi.

Ngoga said top rebel leaders in custody have confirmed the transactions, and he flatly accuses Rusesabagina of “financing terror.” The prosecutor is pushing for the U.S. to help in the investigation.

In an interview from Brussels, Belgium, the inspiration for the Oscar-nominated “Hotel Rwanda” told CNN that Ngoga is “lying with bad logic.”

A critic of President Paul Kagame, Rusesabagina says the charges are politically motivated. Ngoga insists they are not.

Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle in the movie, saved hundreds of people from being slaughtered by tapping his connections as a popular hotel manager.

More than 800,000 people in the central African nation were killed amid the genocide. The White House awarded Rusesabagina a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his heroism.

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