President Kagame Criticized by Stanford STAND

Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH

President Paul Kagame

Since I have been sharing regularly on the post-genocide commemorations for the past several days, I feel compelled to share that many are not card carrying members of the President Kagame fan club. To underscore this, I wanted to share a recent editorial by the STAND organization at Stanford University. STAND, a student-led movement against genocide and mass atrocity, wrote recently in objection to President Paul Kagame’s recent appearance at the Graduate School of Business as part of the Center for Global Business and the Economy’s Global Speaker Series. Among their remarks in this editorial are the following:

There is, however, a darker side to President Kagame, and Stanford should not praise his “promotion of human rights” when in fact countless allegations of appalling human rights violations, both in Rwanda and abroad, hang over the head of Kagame and his administration.

In the years following the genocide, Rwanda was a driving force behind two invasions of the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, which sparked a conflict in the Congo that continues to this day and that has so far killed over five million people, displacing millions more. A UN report released last year announced that, as had long been suspected, Rwanda was providing significant support to the Congo-based rebel group M23, which has posed a major threat to peace and stability in the eastern Congo and contributed greatly to the ongoing destabilization of the country.

On the domestic side, Kagame’s administration has been accused by numerous authorities, including Human Rights Watch and the U.S. Department of State’s annual human rights reports, of using political imprisonments, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings and more against political opponents of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, Kagame’s party. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “How Rwanda’s Paul Kagame Exploits U.S. Guilt” details many of these issues.

Read the entire editorial here. I’m actually grateful to see such dialogue occurring on college campuses in the US. This means that our students are tuned in to what occurred in Rwanda at a time when many of them were most likely in preschool. Respectful conversation here will hopefully help avoid future tragedies in Rwanda and around the world.

Click here to read about STAND’s protest of President Kagame and how this was actually welcomed by event organizers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

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  • habi

    Conglatulations Lisa M.Hendey to discover how that this guy Kagame who is praid by many people , organisations, and so on is the worst killer of this century! Western leaders don’t want to tell the truth and let him do what he wants beacause of the feeling of guility to not stop genocide and the business of this kagame is the genocide.kagame is the mais genocidaire he is responible of millions of deaphs in Great lakes region. I hope that many people will discover that and will not ask governments to not support that kind of killer! Bravo

    • lisahendey

      Habi, thank you for commenting on my blog. You are welcome here. Please note that in sharing this article I am not making a personal statement about President Kagame. I have not done enough research to do that. My goal is to spend 100 days educating myself about Rwanda and also remembering those lives lost and impacted by the genocide in prayer. I will be looking at all types of resources, including those that may offer criticism. Again, I do hope this can be a place for remembering, for prayer and for healing.

  • Mary

    Please take a look at the work of Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, a Catholic priest, from Cyangugu/Rusizi, Rwanda who continues to work tirelessly and his a leading force of forgiveness, healing, peace and reconciliation in Rwanda (

    • lisahendey

      Thank you – I will definitely reach out to Fr. Rugirangoga!

  • Joe N. Sab

    Thank you so much Lisa for your endeavors to understand Rwanda tragedy and your contributions to healing of that nation. I am Rwandan Canadian living in Ontario and I would like to inform you that it not surprising to hear open and rather harsh critics about the Rwandan leader. For the true healing of the nation, the truth (that makes us free) has first come to light. The version of facts the Western knows is unfortunately one sided story fabricated by the current government (I understand you are not making personal statements on anybody). The Western has therefore fallen into the trap of following one side of the story. I am also remembering and praying for my lost ones but we should not forget that apart from the genocide, other mass atrocities, manslaughter and human rights abuses inside and outside Rwanda took place. Those who perished in those atrocities should also be honored, remembered and their families should be prayed for. In my opinion, only taking into account the genocide is to support the repression, harassment, imprisonment of millions of voiceless Rwandan people whose lives are nowadays threatened when they say “how about us?”
    Good luck Lisa

    • lisahendey

      Thank you for sharing this comment Joe. I am learning new information every day and do appreciate you sharing your perspective.