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Zembla journalists Sander Rietveld and Norbert Reintjens were hired on the right by refugees from the Rwandan community in the Netherlands, who mean: “The rule of law in Rwanda, that is not at all, that is a facade, take a look behind it.”
In the new episode of the Zembla Podcast, Sander and Norbert talk about their research. “The conclusion is that the Netherlands has spent millions of euros in a repressive system for almost 25 years. Rwanda’s justice system is being used not only to convict ordinary petty thieves, but also to put opposition members, journalists and human rights activists in prison and put them behind bars. The Netherlands has supported a repressive system. Knowingly and willingly.”
In the podcast, Sander and Norbert say that after Zembla’s TV broadcast on this subject, they were called to account by the Rwandan embassy in the Netherlands. After all, it does not come with the image that the Rwandan regime likes to show to the outside world: the image of a country that is successful after the 1994 genocide. Where there is peace and security.
According to Sander, the embassy was ‘extremely dissatisfied with the broadcast.’ The embassy accused the journalists of not being transparent. And why hadn’t the journalists just trusted the Dutch government? Didn’t he say that Rwanda was a constitutional state? “The embassy about our posting a ‘hit job’ -an attack-on Rwanda’.