Canada Concerned by Post-Election Situation in Rwanda

(No. 254 - August 12, 2010 - 5:45 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the presidential election held in Rwanda on August 9, 2010, and the post-election violence:

“Canada commends the people of Rwanda on participating in their country’s presidential election, demonstrating their desire for democratic development. Canada contributed to international election observation activities in Rwanda.

“Canada is concerned, however, by the political environment during and after the election, as well as with the number of violent incidents that occurred. Reports of intimidation of political opposition and restrictions on the media are also troubling. We are particularly concerned by the grenade attack and shootings reported in Kigali yesterday. We call on the Rwandan authorities to investigate these occurrences in a transparent manner that promotes justice and accountability.

“Canada continues to urge the Government of Rwanda to ensure freedom of association and freedom of the press, key elements of democratic development, in the post-election environment.”

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