Saturday, February 28, 2009

Prof Leopold Munyakazi deserves your full support

Below is a letter that was written by Keith Harmon Snow on behalf of Munyakazi the Rwandan Professor of French at Goucher College, who was dismissed for allegations of having taken part in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

Have you already sent yours? It is not too late and It is so easy. Using the following template please send your Open Letter to Goucher College on the Suspension of Munyakazi today.

As a friendly reminder, please be advised that "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dear President Sanford K. Ungar:

I am very concerned about the situation of Leopold Munyakazi, the Rwandan Professor from Goucher College who has been unjustly and maliciously targeted by the Rwandan government of Paul Kagame and the US government (http://blackstarnews.com/?c=135&a=5421) .

I have never met Dr. Munyakazi, but hope one day to do so. On that day I will express to Prof. Munyakazi my sincerest apologies about the unfair treatement he has received in the USA.

For the past 15 years, I have worked as an independent war correspondent, photographer and human rights investigator focused primarily on understanding and delineating the truth around events in Central Africa, with a particular interest in Rwanda and Congo. A former human rights and genocide researcher with Survivor's Rights International and Genocide Watch, I have also worked as a field consultant and researcher on genocide for the United Nations. I am also the 2009 Regent's Lecturer in Law & Society at the University of California Santa Barbara Regent's Lectureship program, and if you explore the reasons for my selection you will find that I was recognized for my work, outside academia, in challenging establishment narratives on genocide and war crimes. I am also a practitioner of non-violent peace activism
(https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=1386 ). I am not affiliated with any organization, political party, faction or otherwise.

My work on exposing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Central Africa has brought the wrath of the Kagame government down on me, and I am, effectively, at present persona non grata in Rwanda. I have also been threatened by lawyers representing individuals and multinational corporations involved in plundering Central Africa. My crime is to be telling the truth, and this appears to be the sole crime committed by Prof. Munyakazi.

The top officials of the Rwandan Government of Paul Kagame have been indicted in two international courts, and if you were to read the confidential dossier produced by the Spanish lawyers at the International Forum for Peace and Justice in the Great Lakes of Africa you would understand why. Traveling across Congo between 2004 and 2007 I collected testimony after testimony documenting the role of the Kagame military in Rwanda (1990-1994, 1994-2000) and Congo (1996-2007). The Kagame government is responsible for egregious acts of mass murder, war crimes, crimes against humanity and a well-orchestrated genocide against Hutu people. The evidence is overwhelming, but often well hidden.

While the International Tribunal on Rwanda has doled out victor's justice, the ICTR on Dec 8, 2008 dismissed all charges of CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT GENOCIDE in the long running MILITARY I trial (against top Hutu officials who were unfairly accused of being the "masterminds of genocide" in Rwanda). It appears more and more obvious that the only conspiracies have involved the Rwandan Patriotic Front/Army and its contemporary manifestation, the Rwandan Defense Forces, and always under the direction of Paul Kagame, James Kabarebe, and the other 38 military officials with indictments against them.

The Kagame government at present is reported to have dispatched over 300 agents around the world to target and criminalize innocent people who assume any position, no matter how mildly critical, against the Kagame government. The situation in Rwanda is equally grim for anyone who might step out of line in the mildest way there. Of course, these realities are subsumed by a climate of absolute terror that remains invisible to the ordinary visitor (tourist, aid worker, etc.) unless they step out of line. Please read my detailed account of how the Kagame "genocide" machine operates in England (I have pasted this story in below for your convenience); you will note similarity between what happened to one innocent Rwandan Doctor in London and the way in which events have unfolded in the case of Professor Munyakazi in the USA.

Not only has the Kagame military machine shattered millions of lives in Rwanda. With over ten million people dead since 1996, and over 1500 people dying daily in eastern Congo alone, the Rwandan government's role in Congo is absolutely unconscionable.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss these issues further with you. I would be happy to visit Goucher and share my recent UCSB Regent's Lecture (of January 27, 2009) on the Political Economy of Genocide -- an illustrated multimedia presentation which explores and elaborates the massive deception around the "Rwanda genocide" and the plunder and depopulation of Central Africa -- with you, your faculty, and your students.

I have copied this communication to the entire Peace Studies Department, and to select other individuals (based on the ease of access to their email addresses) at Goucher College in the interest that people speak up to protect an innocent man from wrongful accusation, character assassination, and persecution by a government wanted for war crimes, and I hope that people at Goucher will take action to understand the realities of this politically motivated targeting by Rwanda, and thus support and protect Professor Leopold Munyakazi.

However, I humbly beg you all to deepen your support for Prof. Munyakazi and resolve to do everything in your power to protect him from extradition, or prison or worse. One day soon the truth about the Kagame regime will be known and understood for what it is: terrorism.

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protsting against it is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King Jr.

Blessings,

keith harmon snow

THE ASYLUM OF EXTREME EXCLUSION, HOW RWANDA MANUFACTURES AND EXPORTS GENOCIDE

By keith harmon snow

An investigation has uncovered an asylum system scandal where bogus Rwandan “refugees” infiltrate the U.S. and U.K. and work as undercover agents to hunt down critics of the Rwandan dictatorship and legitimate refugees and drag them back to Rwanda.

This is yet the latest revelation on how the dictatorship in Rwanda manufactures and exports terrorism using an ideology of genocide and how the West supports terrorism by backing its Rwanda proxy.

Meanwhile, business in Rwanda is booming and the criminal networks of the Kagame military machine continue to plunder the blooddrenched Congo. Click here for more detail

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