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Rwanda: Singer arrested

15 April 2014

On 11 April 2014, singer Kizito Mihigo, one of Rwanda’s best-known musicians, was arrested by police, accused, along with a former soldier and the director of a Christian radio station, of planning ‘terrorist attacks’ with the aim to overthrow the government.  UPDATE | FEBRUARY 2015:  » BBC World – 27 February 2015: …

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Rwanda: Singer sentenced 15 years prison for incitement

3 December 2008

One of Rwanda’s most famous singers, Simon Bikindi, was convicted on 2 December 2008 for his direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Arusha, Tanzania, Simon Bikindi was sentenced for his role during the during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. …

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Rwanda: War crimes trial feared to legitimise new repression of musicians

14 November 2006

On 18 September 2006 a UN war crimes trial began in Tanzania, charging a musician with inciting genocide in Rwanda. If convicted, the unintended consequence might be repression elsewhere of legitimate forms of musical expression. Rwandan singer-songwriter Simon Bikindi stands accused of composing and singing songs which incited civilians to …

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