US Congress backs Rwandan dissident Diane Rwigara

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Diane and Mother

By Voice of America

U.S. congressional lawmakers are pressing Rwanda’s government against incarcerating dissident politician Diane Rwigara, who faces up to 22 years in prison after being convicted of inciting insurrection and forgery.

Diane Rwigara, a former presidential candidate, is scheduled to be sentenced December 6, along with her mother, Adeline Rwigara.

Both women were tried November 7, with the elder Rwigara convicted of insurrection and promoting ethnic hatred.

They had been detained by police in October 2017 and jailed for a year but released on bail last month, prior to trial.

They remain at home in Kigali, the capital city, under travel restrictions.

“Peaceful political expression is not a crime. Running for office is not a crime,” the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission — a bipartisan congressional caucus named for its co-founder — said in a tweet posted earlier Monday.

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