Authorities agree to let Belgium have Guy Theunis

first_img to go further October 5, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities agree to let Belgium have Guy Theunis RwandaAfrica Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa February 13, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica The Rwandan authorities said yesterday they have agreed to transfer responsibility for carrying out the judicial investigation against Father Guy Theunis to Belgium at the latter’s request. The Belgian foreign ministry said the two countries would have “detailed talks on the technical modalities” for implementing this agreement. Theunis, who is Belgian, would be transferred back to Belgium as soon as the judicial investigation gets under way there. The former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, Theunis was recently accused by the Rwandan authorities of having a role in planning and inciting the 1994 genocide. He is currently held in the main prison in Kigali. ————————————————————————–11.09.2005 Belgian priest who edited magazine to be tried for genocide, faces death penaltyReporters Without Borders voiced shock and dismay today that one of Rwanda’s people’s courts (known as gacaca) has classified Belgian missionary priest Guy Theunis, the former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, as a category one genocide suspect and ordered him held in Kigali prison pending trial by an ordinary court.Father Theunis, 60, no longer lives in Rwanda. He was arrested on 5 September while on a stopover in Kigali airport on his way back to Belgium after attending peace and reconciliation seminars in the neighbouring eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.By putting him in category one during a public hearing on 10 September, a gacaca in the Kigali district of Rugenge effectively accused him of being among the “planners, organisers, inciters, supervisors and leaders” of the 1994 genocide. As a result, he faces the death penalty.“Father Theunis has always defended the principles of tolerance and respect for others, and has spent his life combatting racism and ethnic hate, so we are outraged that the Rwandan authorities have now brought these charges against him,” Reporters Without Borders said.The organisation said it was “absurd” that he has been accused of inciting hate for reproducing passages from the extremist newspaper Kangura in Dialogue. “He did indeed quote passages from that newspaper, but he did it with the aim of condemning hate and intolerance.”“We are not fooled,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Some political score is being settled here. The Rwandan authorities must have given him a visa to enter Rwanda with the aim of trapping him. We are also astonished at the unusual speed of the proceedings and the fact that most of the people who appeared as prosecution witnesses were ruling party members.”Noting that Father Theunis gave space in his magazine to all those who advocated reconciliation, including President Paul Kagame’s opponents, the organisation said it was puzzling that he was arrested now, as he had visited Rwanda several times since 1994, each time with a visa issued by the authorities.“Father Theunis was our correspondent in Rwanda in 1992 and 1993,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We will not forget him and we will not stop proclaiming his innocence and campaigning for his release.”The Company of Missionaries of Africa, to which Father Theunis belongs, has also rejected the charges brought against him. The Belgian authorities summoned the Rwandan ambassador in Brussels on 9 September to voice concern about the case and request an explanation.Theunis is the first foreigner to be brought before the gacacas, which were set up to try the hundreds of thousands of people still held on suspicion of involvement in the 1994 genocide. November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist A people’s court has accused Belgian missionary priest Guy Theunis, the former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, of inciting inter-ethnic hate. “This man has spent his life combatting racism and hate,” says Reporters Without Borders. “We are outraged by the behaviour of the Rwandan authorities.” Reports News News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Rwanda Organisation RSF_en last_img read more

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RCMP asking Board to review pay cuts

first_imgIn a letter from Staff Sergeant Ward Johnson to City Council, Johnson notes the views on the pay cut are represented by some, but not all members of the RCMP.For more information or to sign the petition, visit www.callforbackup.ca The RCMP is urging the Treasury Board to reconsider a recent cut to a promised three-year pay increase. In December, the Board decided it would cut the proposed 2009 increase of 3.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent, and cut the 2010 numbers from 2 per cent to 0.5 per cent.The Board cited bad economic times as the reason for the pay cut. The RCMP is a non-unionized group.- Advertisement -A website has been set up to rally support for the officers. It says the pay cuts will have a negative effect on all communities, because the RCMP has to compete with other police forces for new recruits. The website states if the compensation is lower than other police services, new officers will be hard to recruit. In response to the Board’s decision, The Mayor of Nanaimo sent a letter to the Fort St. John City Council asking for the City’s support. Council will be looking at the issue at the regular meeting on Monday. It will then be decided whether the city will support the cause, and if the City will write a letter to the Treasury Board. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Professor to discuss using nanotechnology in medicine

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Ellen ChangPHONE:(713) 348-6777EMAIL: [email protected] PROFESSOR TO DISCUSS USINGNANOTECHNOLOGY IN MEDICINENanotechnology’s abilityto be used in medicine will be discussed by Jennifer West, assistant professorof bioengineering, at a lecture April 17. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. inthe McMurtry Lecture Room, Anne andCharles Duncan Hall.West will speak about“Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Nanotechnology in Medicine.” Westand Naomi Halas, professor of electrical and computer engineering and chemistry,have been testing the potential of nanoshells, tiny particles that canmanipulate light, to transform medical procedures ranging from cancer therapy tomedical testing and drug delivery. Nanoshells are ideal forbiotechnology applications because they are biocompatible, can be altered andmodified and absorb light strongly in the near-infrared region, where humantissue is most transparent. West will discuss hownanoshells can be tagged and delivered specifically to tumor cells but leaveshealthy cells undamaged. She will also speak about how nanoshells can reduce theamount of time it takes to conduct medical tests from several days into a matterof seconds and how nanoshells incorporated into temperature-sensitive polymerscan be triggered to release a chemical using infrared light, providing a patientwith the ability to control the release of medicine that requires periodicdispensing. The lecture is sponsoredby the Rice Engineering Alumni Association. About adminlast_img read more

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