Rwanda denounces job offer of genocide crimes convict in a French government hospital

On 6 February 2018 at 09:54

The government of Rwanda through the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) has denounced the French government act of employing a genocide convict in a public hospital.

Since January 10, 2018, the Hospital Paul Doumer, a geriatric facility managed by Assistance publique hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) in Labruyère, has recruited Dr. Charles TWAGIRA, 60, who was convicted of genocide by the Rwandan courts in 2009.

During the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, Charles TWAGIRA was regional director of health in the former prefecture of Kibuye, in the western Rwanda.

Charles Twagira is one of the genocide planners in Kibuye Prefecture, he incited local population to commit the genocide, and acts of torture against refugees at Gatwaro Stadium and patients hospitalized in Kibuye Hospital.

He was found responsible for the massacre of the wife and children of his colleague, Dr. Camille Karibwende, former head of the same institution.

He obstructed medical aid to thousands of Tutsi refugees at the Gatwaro Stadium bordering Kibuye Hospital. He sent killers to the Gatwaro stadium to massacre the Tutsi who had taken refuge there, to bury several refugees alive.

He established checkpoints in front of and inside the hospital to allow Interahamwe militiamen to prevent Tutsi from fleeing and murder them.

In 1994, he fled to Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). Then after, he arrived in Benin where he stayed until 2006. The same year, he joined his family in France and acquired French nationality.

Arrested in March 2014 in Vire, where he had found refuge in Calvados on complaint filed by the Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda (CPCR) , he was indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda. He was released on bail by the French courts on May 22, 2015 and then placed under judicial control.

Rwanda issued an international arrest warrant against Charles Twagira in 2014 which was not followed up. Indeed, Charles Twagira was neither tried nor extradited to Rwanda. On the contrary, he lives freely and has even been recruited since January 10, 2018 in a French public hospital.

However, according to the French Penal Code, in its article 138, paragraph 12, a person under judicial control, and this is the case of Charles Twagira, cannot exercise an activity of a professional or social nature, in this case medicine.

The recruitment of Charles Twagira is a violation by France of its own criminal law and the international obligation to prevent and punish the crime of genocide.

It should be recalled that France is home to several genocide fugitives, such as Dr. Sosthène Munyemana, Dr. Eugène Rwamucyo, Laurent Bucyibaruta, Colonel Laurent Serubuga, Agathe Kanziga Habyarimana, Cyprien Kayumba, Fabien Neretse alias Fabien Nsabimana, Callixte Mbarushimana, Stanislas Mbonampeka, Marcel Bivugabagabo, Isaac Kamali, Pascal Simbikangwa, Pierre Tegera, Octavian Ngenzi, Tito Barahira, Joseph Habyarimana, Paul Camy (Kanyamihigo), Manasseh Bigwenzare, Venuste Nyombayire, Hyacinthe Rafiki Nsengiyumva, Enoch Kayondo, Claude Muhayimana, Felicien Baligira, Philippe Manier / Hatagekimana and Michel Bakuzakundi to mention a few.

Rwanda has issued 42 international arrest warrants for alleged perpetrators of the genocide in France, but only three have been executed.

In addition, the UN Human Rights Council has asked France at its 29th session, to either try all genocidaires on its territory or extradite them to Rwanda.

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) strongly condemns the Recruitment of Charles Twagira as a medic at the Paul Doumer Hospital, which it considers as a trivialization of the genocide, and calls on the French government to suspend this recruitment and this in accordance with the French criminal law.

In 2009, Dr. Eugène Rwamucyo, a Rwandan medical, was suspended from his duties at a hospital in Maubeuge for alleged involvement in the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi.

The same measure should be taken in the case of Dr. Charles Twagira and other genocidaires prosecuted for crimes of genocide.