17 February 1998


Detained journalists reportedly beaten

Incident details

Dominique Makeli, Amiel Nkuliza



(RSF/IFEX) - In a 13 February 1998 letter, RSF protested the ill treatment
of two imprisoned journalists, Dominique Makeli and Amiel Nkuliza. According
to RSF's information, on 6 February, Nkuliza and Makeli were severely beaten
in Kimironko prison (Kigali), where they are being held. They were beaten
by persons who came from outside the prison.

**Updates IFEX alerts of 9 February 1998 (Makeli and Nkuliza), and 6
February 1995 and 12 December 1994 (Makeli)**

Background Information

Makeli, a journalist with the state-owned Radio Rwanda, was arrested on 18
September 1994. He was accused of inciting racial hatred on Radio Rwanda.
Nevertheless, according to some witnesses, his arrest may have happened
after he protested against his house being occupied by military men.
Nkuliza, director of the privately-owned weekly "Le Partisan", was arrested
on 13 May 1997 in Kigali. According to his own statements, the journalist
may be accused of inciting ethnic hatred in his writing. Nkuliza had
previously been arrested in June and August 1997. During his detention, a
soldier warned him that his life would be in danger if he wrote other
stories considered "subversive" by the authorities (see IFEX alerts).

Recommended Action

Send appeals to Rwandan authorities:

  • stating that, without wishing to comment on the facts of this case, you
    are asking Rwandan authorities to use their authority to ensure that full
    light is shed on this serious incident, and that the culprits are punished
  • renewing demands for the immediate release of Dominique Makeli, and
    asking to be informed of the official charges against Amiel Nkuliza

    Appeals To

    Monsieur Pasteur Bizimungu
    Palais de la presidence
    Kigali, Rwanda
    Fax: +250 7 2904 (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

    Please copy appeals to the source and to:

    Prime Minister
    Kigali, Rwanda

    Minister of Defense
    Ministry of Defense
    Kigali, Rwanda

    Minister of Information
    Ministry of Information
    Kigali, Rwanda

    Office rwandais de l'Information
    Kigali, Rwanda

    Minister of the Interior
    Ministry of the Interior
    Kigali, Rwanda

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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