Enthusiasts: Antony Blinken in Rwanda, last stage of his African tour

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Le secrétaire d'Etat américain Antony Blinken reçu par le président rwandais Paul Kagame, à Kigali le 11 août 2022 © Andrew Harnik US Secretary of State Antony Blinken received by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, in Kigali on August 11, 2022

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had to Coating Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Thursday at a brief visit to Rwanda, third and last stage of his African tour after South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

His visit to Kigali intervenes the day after his interviews in DR Congo who largely focused on the support provided by Rwanda to a rebel group operating in the east of the DRC, largely documented by a United Nations report broadcast in early August but categorically denied by Kigali.

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Arrived on Wednesday evening in Kigali on Wednesday evening, the American diplomat should also discuss the situation of human rights in Rwanda, regularly denounced by civil society and international NGOs.

"The absence of a reaction to the appalling assessment of human rights in Rwanda, only encouraged those responsible for this country on the path of abuses, even beyond its borders," said Lewis Mudge , the director for central Africa of the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a press release published on Monday.

Les délégations américaine et rwandaise autour du secrétaire d'Etat Antony Blinken et du président Paul Kagame, à Kigali le 11 août 2022 © Andrew Harnik The American and Rwandan delegations around Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Paul Kagame, in Kigali on August 11, 2022

The human rights NGO called Antony Blinken to "mean d 'Emergency (in Kigali) that there would be consequences for repression and the abuses exercised by the government in Rwanda and beyond ".

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The Rwandan opposition manager Victoire Ingabire echoed HRW by telling AFP that Blinken had to "raise the question of imprisoned journalists and politicians" to have opposed the government of Paul Kagame.

"Blinken must ask our government to open a political space to all those who want to participate actively in political life," said Victoire Ingabire who spent six years in prison for "terrorism".

The American Secretary of State should also approach the case of Paul Rusesabagina, made famous by the film "Hotel Rwanda" released in 2004, which narrates how this moderate Hutu saved hundreds of lives during the 1994 genocide. Last year a sentence of 25 years in prison and had permanent resident status in the United States.

Paul Rusebagina's family said in a statement that she hoped for Mr. Blinken that his "direct commitment" helps put an end to their "nightmare" and that of their loved one, 68, whose health is deteriorating according to her .

These diplomatic efforts occur at a time when Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov has carried out his own tour in Africa, where he blamed Western sanctions against Russia for the outbreak of food prices, a hypothesis rejected by Washington .

The head of Russian diplomacy went at the end of July to Egypt, Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia.

This is Antony Blinken's second trip to sub -Saharan Africa since taking office. Last year, he went to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.

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