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Thursday, 11 February 2021 - Brussels Revised edition

Rwanda, the case of Paul Rusesabagina

  Róża Thun und Hohenstein, author. – Madam President, this resolution is about principles. I am replacing our colleague, David Lega, who has asked me to stress that it’s about the rule of law, human dignity and fundamental human rights.

Paul Rusesabagina is a man who fought for these values. He helped save the lives of hundreds of people during the genocide in Rwanda. On top of that, he has been a proud promoter of change in Rwanda. Mr Rusesabagina has fought for Rwanda in order to ensure its citizens’ dignity and justice. He wanted them to live in a society of democracy and the rule of law, where human rights are respected. For this, he is being brutally punished. He was kidnapped and illegally detained. He is currently imprisoned in Kigali.

We demand an international, independent, transparent and credible investigation on the transfer and arrest of Mr Rusesabagina. We demand that the Rwandan authorities allow Mr Rusesabagina a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, applying international human norms and standards. Mr Rusesabagina deserves a fair trial, he deserves justice and he deserves dignity.

I also want to stress that Mr Rusesabagina is a Belgian citizen. The EU must work to ensure that his rights as a European citizen are upheld at all stages of his trial. So please, dear colleagues, in my name and David Lega’s name, support this resolution.

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