US senator requires reconsideration of help from

Robert Menendez, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is looking for a reconsideration of US help to Rwanda. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 20, the Democratic senator expresses concern over Kigali’s document on human rights and its alleged help for the M23 insurgency within the DRC.

as reported from Kigali, Laure Broulard

Suppression of freedom of expression and opposition in Rwanda, harassment and assaults towards Rwandan dissidents who’ve sought refuge overseas. Robert Menendez is looking for a full evaluation of US coverage in the direction of Paul Kagame’s authorities, which he accuses of great human rights abuses.

Washington has been an in depth ally of Kigali for 28 years and one in all its foremost donors. In 2021, the United States granted 147 million {dollars} in help to Rwanda, and expects 145 million for 2023, Robert Menendez recollects in his letter. He introduced within the wake of his need to oppose a number of million {dollars} in help meant for Rwandan blue helmets, fearing that help to the Rwandan military, accused of being deployed within the DRC and of supporting the M23 insurgency, “doesn’t implies that the United States condones such actions.”

Asked concerning the letter throughout a press briefing on Monday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price mentioned his workplace is intently monitoring rising tensions between Rwanda and the DRC and consults recurrently with Congress on help to Kigali.

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