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Thu Oct 23 07:57:55 SAST 2014

16 Rwandan students seek asylum in Uganda over M23

Sapa-AP | 17 June, 2013 14:11
M23 rebel fighters. File photo.
Image by: JAMES AKENA / REUTERS

Sixteen Rwandan students are seeking asylum in Uganda, saying they are the victims of harassment by security officials back home for refusing to join the Congolese rebel group M23.

The students’ allegations link Rwanda’s government to a rebel group that it has distanced itself from even as a recent U.N.

report cited evidence to the contrary.

The students say they fled Rwanda after resisting efforts by authorities to have them complete a government “political-awareness program.” They say their high school friends who went were forcibly recruited into M23.

Frank Mugambage, Rwanda’s ambassador to Uganda, said he had nothing to say on this matter.

Aloysie Cyanzayire, a Rwandan official who holds the office of government ombudsman, didn’t respond to repeated calls for comment.

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