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UGANDA: Notice to Museveni supporters, you will be denied asylum

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Watching people in the army and police in Uganda committing crimes against crimes makes me wonder where they will seek asylum when President Yoweri Museveni’s regime falls.

I remember this case well because our law professor had assigned us something that was not for business school but for Human Rights.  He had asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up and some of us had said we wanted to be Human Rights Lawyers.

This particular one was when Canada was kissing up to Rwanda but people showed up at the Immigration and Refugee hearing and this guy lost his appeal.

It turns out that no matter which country you run to, there will be people whose relatives you killed. For Uganda, it is even worse because they beat up people and shoot them on live camera which makes it easy to document the atrocities.

I hold a Masters degree in Information from University of Toronto and documentation comes with the territory.  Since ICT is part and parcel, I have made it my job to document all the atrocities in Uganda and stored them all on the Internet where they will always be found even if I am killed.  The images, videos and stories will live forever.

Martha Leah Nangalama

Moncton, Canada


A decade after being deemed complicit in Rwanda genocide, Hutu doctor deported from Canada Jean Léonard Teganya was a medical student interning at Butare University Hospital when Hutu extremist militia killed nearly 200 Tutsi patients

Eighteen years after fleeing Rwanda at the close of the genocide, 13 years after arriving in Canada, and 10 years after being deemed complicit in war crimes and refused asylum here, a Rwandan man who was living in Montreal has been deported.

Jean Léonard Teganya, the eldest son of a convicted war criminal, was a medical student interning at Butare University Hospital when Hutu extremist militia killed nearly 200 Tutsi patients, staff and moderate Hutus, one incident of brutality during the horrific 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 people were killed in 100 days of violence.

The Federal Court of Canada, deciding his immigration status, heard evidence of lists being drafted of patients and staff to be targeted and of Tutsi patients being turned away to face death by marauding militiamen.

Mr. Teganya insisted he was not involved in any of the violence and that his Hutu ethnicity is the only thing that saved him from being a victim himself, and yet he stayed on at the hospital to complete his internship.

The Immigration and Refugee Board first rejected his claim for asylum in 2002, declaring he had lived in a context of direct knowledge of Rwandan atrocities and, as a result, was determined to have been complicit. A second decision concluded the same in 2005.

He fought several appeals, sought two pre-removal risk assessments (a way Canada determines if someone being deported is in danger in his homeland), and made an appeal to the minister based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds but, last week, Justice Michel Shore denied his 11th-hour motion for a stay of his removal.

At 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 23, he was returned to Rwanda.

Mr. Teganya’s case is a study in how long and cumbersome the removals process can be — even in cases involving complicity in crimes against humanity.

The delay, however, does not make the act less important, said Alain Ntwali, who lost his parents and other family members in the genocide.

“The community is still looking for justice,” he said. “We appreciate that action from the government of Canada, which is trying to see justice done,” said Mr. Ntwali, who is also president of Association Humura, an organization of survivors of the Rwandan genocide.

“We still don’t understand how someone can spend more than, say, five years fighting deportation.”

“Although the information on file specifies that the applicant’s father belonged to the ruling party during the genocide, and that the father of the applicant had been arrested, detained and sentenced to 22 years imprisonment, [it] does not implicate the applicant as having been associated with crimes his father may have committed,” Judge Shore wrote in his decision, which ultimately declined the motion.

“To date, the applicant was never, knowingly, charged, neither was he accused of anything, nor was there any investigation in his regard by the Rwandan government.”

A native of Gisenyi, where the majority of Hutu radicals belonged to the Revolutionary Movement for Development, the party in power at the time of the genocide, Mr. Teganya was a medical student interning at a hospital in Butare during the period of the massacres from April to June 1994.

He allegedly left the hospital on June 17, 1994, and fled to the former Zaire a month later. He travelled through Kenya and India before arriving in Canada in 1999.

He has a wife and children in Canada.

Clare Crummey, his immigration lawyer, declined to comment on the case. The Canada Border Services Agency in Montreal said it could not comment on the case because an electrical outage prevented access to its computers.

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