KIGALI – Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame on Tuesday, June 25, declared Western criticism of his country’s human rights record as “rubbish” and “ridiculous” in an interview with French TV broadcaster France24.
Kagame said that Rwanda is a different country compared to what it was 25 years ago. Clearly suggesting that the small East African state has had a vivid transformation for the best over time.
He challenged the Television programme’s host to look at what he referred to as Europe’s failing human rights record, especially in regard to its treatment of migrants.
“Europe is violating people’s rights, with this problem of people being bundled and sent back to sink in the Mediterranean and so many people being mistreated in your own country,” he asserted.
A confident and seemingly enraged Kagame added that the West’s criticisms are smeared with a superiority complex.
“You really need to stop this superiority complex nonsense about human rights.”
President Kagame told the TV hosts now representing the Western world he was throwing jabs at.
“You think you are the only ones who respect human rights, all others are about violating human rights. No, we’ve fought for human rights and freedoms for our people much better than you people who keep talking about this nonsense.”
Even after one of the Television hosts reminded him that human rights are Universal and did not apply only to the West, President Kagame stood his ground and insisted it was a nonsensical Western Superiority complex!
One question is, can a thousand more Rwandese affirm to Kagame’s statement, has he really done the best for Rwanda, or are the Superiorly Self situated Western powers right about Rwandan or rather African Human rights violations.
Compiled by Okoth ERIC