Malleable Musings

January 28, 2009

Rwanda at the RCS

Filed under: Conferences — Brendan @ 8:40 am

The RCS is an organisation I can only admire.  I’m on their mailing list and they sent me information about this event yesterday.  Shame, I can’t go as I’ll be in Hong Kong.

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Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda will cement its ‘bitter divorce’ from France – the country he holds responsible for the 1994 slaughter of up to one million of his people – by joining the Commonwealth.

Rwanda, a former Belgian colony, applied for Commonwealth membership in 2003 and many people anticipate that its application will be approved at the next CHOGM. Yet questions are being asked of Kagame’s motives. His human rights record as leader and Rwanda’s role in the recent eruption of conflict in the DRC add a further dimension to this crucial debate.

This event is the first in our new series of ‘Question Time’ debates. An expert panel will field your toughest questions from the floor. Audience members are invited to send their questions to the Public Affairs team prior to the event (publicaffairs@rcsint.org). Please note that, on this occasion, only questions submitted in advance will be accepted from the floor.

To reserve places for this and other RCS events quickly, easily and at any time please book online here: www.thercs.org/events

If you are unable to book online, you may call 020 7766 9202 / 05.

Please feel free to pass on this invitation to friends and colleagues.

Wednesday 11 February, 6.15 pm

The Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP

‘Spotlight on Rwanda’

Chair:             Peter Kellner

Panel:             Alison des Forges, Senior Adviser to the Africa Division, Human Rights Watch & expert witness to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Joel Kibazo, Africa commentator & former Director of Communications, Commonwealth Secretariat

Andrew Mitchell, MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Anne Penketh, Diplomatic Editor, The Independent

Vincent Gasara, Journalist & Secretary, Rwandan Community Organisation in the UK

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