The Crescent Report

June 8, 2010

Human Right Attorney Peter Erlinder Detention Upheld by Rwandan Court

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 1:47 pm

Human Rights & Civil Rights Attorney Peter Erlinder still languishes in a Rwandan prison.  His only crime – seeking the truth.  Check out the piece below.

Quote: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Human Right Attorney Peter Erlinder Detention Upheld by Rwandan Court

MAS Freedom Urges Public to Send Letters to State Department and Rwanda Embassy

A Rwandan judge ruled that the charges against Human Rights Activist Peter Erlinder were true and ordered that he remain incarcerated and brought back to the court in 30 days.

Professor Peter Erlinder is an International Human Rights and Civil Rights Attorney and a Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is also a long time member of the National Lawyers Guild.

He was arrested last week in Kigali, Rwanda on charges of “denying the genocide” that took place in Rwanda in 1994, and which resulted in the killing of more than 800,000 people, mostly members of the Tutsi ethnic group

But many people believe that Professor Erlinder’s real “crime” was his defense, before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), of a political opponent of the current Rwandan president, Paul Kagame.  Peter Erlinder has also called for the vigorous investigation of President Kagame and members of his Rwandan Patriotic Front.

Sources and family members have revealed that Professor Erlinder may have suffered physical abuse and was being detained in deplorable conditions.  Family members also indicated that any allegations made by the Rwandan government that Professor Erlinder was suicidal are completely false.

Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of MAS Freedom stated, “Clearly Peter’s detention by the Rwandan government is political.  His only crime is that he has defended the opposition candidate of President Kagame and he has called for transparency of President Kagame’s regime as it relates to the horrific acts of genocide that took place in that country.”

MAS Freedom continues to encourage individuals to contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by calling (202) 647-4000 or sending your communication via mail to U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520.  In addition please contact the Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States, H.E. Eng. James Kimonyo by calling (202) 232-2882 or sending mail to 1714 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20009 requesting the immediate release of Professor Erlinder.

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