7 February 2021: Rwandan poet Innocent Bahati disappeared soon after he remaining his home in Kigali to go to a supper with an associate at a resort in Nyanza District, in Rwanda’s Southern Province, as Medium experiences.
Bahati’s buddy, poet Junior Rumaga travelled to the resort on 9 February and notified the Rwandan Bureau of Investigation (RIB) about Bahati’s lacking. A spokesperson for the RIB reported: “The investigation is ongoing. As of now, we can’t reveal any data.”
Enforced disappearances are, regrettably, a norm in Rwanda, where by folks are abducted and focused for expressing their thoughts.
Harmless Bahati could possibly have been qualified for criticising autocratic rule, repression, poverty, the refugee disaster, and human legal rights abuses.
He was known for speaking out about the actuality in Rwanda by way of his poems.
In accordance to Medium, a good friend of the poet anonymously wrote: “He was the only poet from Rwanda who dared to deal with societal problems fearlessly and publicly in his poems, a little something which created us fearful but at the stage that we did not think that his poems can lead to his disappearance.”
This video is just one of Bahati’s poems, released on his YouTube channel:
Through The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on 25 January 2021, many international locations identified as the Rwandan government to close human legal rights violations in the direction of its citizens.
Freemue has also joint a get in touch with for an unbiased investigation into Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo’s demise. On 17 February 2020, Rwanda Countrywide Police declared that Mihigo experienced been discovered useless in his law enforcement mobile in Kigali at 5 am that morning, in an alleged suicide.