In the absence of the 37 bodies, rights group risks losing credibility

Sunday October 22 2017

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A Human Rights Watch report titled “All thieves must be killed,” told the world that 37 individuals were executed by security forces... under a broader strategy to kill petty offender! PHOTO | FILE 

By CHRISTOPHER KAYUMBA
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Accusations and counter-accusations have been intensifying between Rwanda and Human Rights Watch (HRW) since the latter published a damning report in July alleging extrajudicial killings in the country.

Titled “All thieves must be killed,” the report told the world that 37 individuals were executed by security forces... under a broader strategy to kill petty offender!
Reading this was, to state the obvious, chilling and incredibly disturbing.

As a follow up, the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) last week issued its own report dismissing HRW’s findings as fabrications.

The commission accounted for each of the 37 individuals allegedly executed, adding that, “Seven people reported killed in the HRW report are alive.” And that others died of natural causes, some as far back as 2009!

For evidence, the announcement was made in the presence of some of the individuals HRW informed us