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man’s mum

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help to

catch killers

Aimable Karasira (left) and Dieudonné Niyonsenga (right)

Jailed critic


prison torture

A prominent Rwandan YouTube commentator has

accused prison authorities of beating him and

other jailed critics, Human Rights Watch said.

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Robert Powell - Murdered

Two years after the tragic

death of Robert Powell,

his mother has penned a

heartfelt letter to the public

pleading for anyone with

information to come forward and

help find her son’s killers.

50-year-old Robert was shot

multiple times outside an

address on Water Lane in

Roydon in Essex during the

early hours of Saturday 13 June

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Jailed critic decries prison torture

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In a statement at a court hearing

in Kigali last month, Aimable

Karasira, held in Nyarugenge

prison, also said prison authorities

were intercepting and withholding

privileged communications from his


Ahead of the Commonwealth

Heads of Government Meeting

(CHOGM), scheduled to hold in

Rwanda later this month,

Commonwealth leaders should

urgently call for the government to

immediately and unconditionally

release all those jailed for exercising

their right to freedom of expression.

Commonwealth leaders should

also press the government to open

credible investigations into

allegations of torture and fair trial

rights violations, and to initiate

substantive reforms to tackle abusive

provisions in Rwanda’s legal


“Just a few kilometers away from

the Kigali Convention Center, where

Commonwealth government leaders

will be discussing good governance,

jailed Rwandan journalists and

critics are brutally being reduced to

silence,” said Lewis Mudge, Central

Africa Director at Human Rights

Watch. “The victims of abuse will be

abandoned by the Commonwealth if

it fails to speak out about the human

rights situation in Rwanda.”

At least 2 journalists, 3

commentators, and 16 opposition

activists are currently behind bars in

Rwanda. Most have been convicted

after politically motivated trials.

Others are currently on trial,

including Karasira. In some cases,

they have been arrested for speaking

out about security force abuses –

including unlawful and arbitrary

detention, torture and extrajudicial

killings – or for criticizing the ruling

Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and

its human rights record. Allegations

that the authorities beat or otherwise

ill-treat political prisoners are

common in Rwanda.

Karasira is a prominent

commentator who has spoken on

YouTube about losing family

members both to Hutu extremists

and to the RPF during and after the

1994 genocide. He was arrested in

May 2021 and charged with

genocide denial and justification,

and divisionism. For several months,

Rwandan authorities had repeatedly

harassed him for posting critical

videos on YouTube speaking about

his family’s history and the

genocide. He spoke out about

killings by RPF soldiers in the

aftermath of the genocide.

During a hearing on May 30,

2022, Karasira told the court that

Nyarugenge prison authorities

tortured him, including through

sleep deprivation with constant light

and loud music, and beatings, to

Nyarugenge prison

punish him and get him to attend

court hearings. Karasira and his

lawyer told the court he was being

denied medical treatment for his

diabetes and mental health issues,

and that he was brought to the court

by force but was not fit to participate


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family still don’t have the answers

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On the second anniversary since

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may have information and are yet to

come forward:

“I am appealing and writing this

to anyone with information that may

be helpful in finding my son’s


June 14th will mark two years

since the murder of my son Robert

Christopher Powell. I am asking all

those who know something, or think

they know something regarding his

death to come forward and speak to

Essex Police, who are leading the

ongoing investigation into his


“Many of you knew my son

personally, some of you were his

friends, others may have heard

about him, or heard his name

mentioned in the circle of friends

you hang out with. I do not believe

in my heart that no one knows

nothing, because everyone knows

something, or has heard a rumour

from somebody.

“So many mothers are looking

for reasons behind the death of their

children; I am one of those mothers

who have been left to mourn the loss

of our sons or our daughters

needlessly. The pain is ongoing day

by day for the rest of our lives.

“You wait, expecting a phone

call, hear their favourite song, or

smell their clothing. The worst pain

of all is on their birthday.

“We live in a society where when

a life is taken, everyone is at the

funeral, everyone says they knew the

person and the person’s lifestyle is

then discussed by many. Why is it

that during all this conversation, no

one hears nor knows anything about

their death?

The police know how he died;

we all know how he died. He was

shot several times. The police need

your help in finding these killers out

there who are murdering our

children. My son may have been 50

years of age when he died, but he

was still my child.


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Murdered man’s mum pleads for help

to catch killers

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“My son was an awesome person

with a smile that still warms my

heart. He was a father of three

children and a grandfather of two.

He was a well-loved son, brother,

nephew, uncle, cousin and friend to

many, and we all love and miss him.

He would call me every week or

every other day, we would

‘Facetime’ each other and talk

about the family, and the plans we

have for the future. But others

choose to take his dream and future

plans for his family from him.

“I can only pray and plead to the

conscience of anyone who has

information, no matter how small, to

contact Essex Police. It has been

two years now, and we, the family of

Robert Christopher Powell are

asking you to please look into your

hearts and help us find closure.

“I’ve lost my son to violence, and

I will not be the only mother who

will make an appeal for information

regarding the death of their child.”

Senior investigating officer for

the case, Detective Superintendent

Stephen Jennings, of the Kent and

Essex Serious Crime Directorate,

said: “Although it will never bring

Robert back to his family, we will

not stop until those responsible are

found and brought to justice.

“Nobody should have to go through

the pain of losing a child, but to

have to bear that pain while those

involved walk free is unimaginably


“A dedicated team of officers and

staff are still carrying out extensive

enquiries to progress our

investigation and we welcome any

new information, no matter how

minor you think it may be.

“It’s never too late to make a

difference and help Robert’s family,

and it’s never too late to do the right

thing and clear your conscience.”

Three men: 41-year-old Nana

Oppong from Stratford, 36-year-old

Israar Shah from Brentwood, and

37-year-old Temitope Adeyinka

also from Stratford, are believed to

have all been involved.

Nana Oppong, who is also

known as Enz, is 5ft 6ins tall, of a

proportionate build and has links to

the East London areas. Recent

information suggests that he may

now live abroad.

Israar Shah, who also goes by the

name of Slick, is 6ft 1ins tall, of a

slim build and is known to have

links to East London and Romford.

Temitope Adeyinka, also known

as Limo, is 5ft 8ins and of a medium

build. He has links to areas in East

London, in particular Stratford and


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Jailed critic decries prison torture

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here by force,” he said in court. “I’ve

gone for days without sleeping. I

don’t know how to explain the

torture I have been subjected to.

Recently on [May] 26, they wanted

us to go on television and say we are

not being tortured but some of us

refused…. [The prison guards]

refused to give me my medication

… they beat us to make us come to

court…. I have vertigo, I am

weak…. They torture us by playing

loud music and never turning off the

lights. It’s terrible torture, like in the


Karasira said that the prison

authorities were inflicting the same

treatment on the YouTube journalist

Dieudonne Niyonsenga – alias

“Cyuma Hassan” – and Christopher

Kayumba, the former editor of The

Chronicles newspaper, who was

arrested in September 2021, shortly

after he established a new political

party, the Rwandese Platform for

Democracy (RPD).

Human Rights Watch spoke with

an independent source present

during the proceedings and reviewed

the court transcripts. Human Rights

Watch also spoke with three sources

who have information about the

prisoners, including two who have

recently seen Karasira and

Aimable Karasira

Niyonsenga and who confirmed the

allegations. One source who saw

Niyonsenga in May said he had fresh

wounds on his arms and legs and

that he had made similar allegations

about his treatment. Human Rights

Watch received information on June

9 that Niyonsenga was seriously

injured in a violent beating on June

2, but was not able to independently



On January 10, at an earlier hearing,

Niyonsenga told the court that he

was being held in a small dark cell

and treated worse than other

prisoners, and asked for medical

attention and for the court to

investigate his conditions. Both

requests were ignored.

In a video published on her

YouTube channel, Agnès Uwimana

Nkusi, a journalist, reported that

during her visit to the prison on April

29 to see Karasira, he told her he was

not being given sufficient or

adequate food, access to medication,

or money sent by friends and

relatives. When she returned to the

prison to visit Niyonsenga on May

6, she said she was subjected to a

strip and body cavity search by

prison guards and interrogated about

her video, but wasn’t able to see him.

Karasira identified prison

officials in court who were allegedly

responsible for abuse, but judges

failed to order a credible and

transparent investigation. This

facilitates impunity for authorities to

Dieudonné Niyonsenga

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Renewed appeal to catch killers

Alexander Kareem - Murdered

The family of a man shot dead in

what is believed to be a case of

mistaken identity have spoken of

their heartache as detectives continue to

hunt his killers.

20-year-old Alexander Kareem was

gunned down on Askew Road in

Shepherd’s Bush, in the early hours of

Monday, 8 June 2020.

He’d popped into an off-licence and

was on his way to a friend’s house on his

e-scooter when he was shot and left for


Police were called at around 00:40hrs

to reports of man suffering gunshot

injuries. Officers rushed to the scene,

along with the London Ambulance

Service and London’s Air Ambulance,

where they found Alexander with

catastrophic injuries.

Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the

scene around 45 minutes later.

Two years on, detectives remain

determined to catch those responsible for

Alexander’s ruthless murder and are

asking anyone who knows anything to

come forward.

His devastated family has spoken of

their overwhelming grief and says their

agony is being prolonged as his killers

continue to walk the streets.

Speaking on the anniversary on

8 June, Alex’s sister Khafi, said: “Today

marked two years since my brother Alex

was murdered in cold blood on the streets

of London. It feels so wrong to

commemorate this kind of anniversary;

wedding anniversaries, birthdays etc. are

things that should be celebrated and

remembered, not a day of death. But two

years on and still his murderers have not

been found. This is not OKAY.

“It hurts me every day and is not getting

any easier, I just find better ways to

suppress my grief as times goes on, but

every time it arises it is like a dagger to

my chest afresh. It has made me so

sensitive to any news of death, especially

shootings like those in Owo, Ulvalde, and

particularly news of young black boys

dying needlessly. They trigger so much

for me. So I was dreading today. And if I

had it my way I would have buried my

head in the sand and pretended this isn’t

my reality.

“I had 3 brothers and now I only have

2. And the people responsible are still

walking the streets. It makes me so, so

angry. If you have any information on

Alex’s death, it is not too late to speak


On the night of Alexander’s murder,

it is believed the assailants drove past him

on Askew Road in a white Range Rover

and shot him in a case of mistaken

identity. The Range Rover was found

burnt out just 25 minutes later three miles

away on Ascott Avenue.

An investigation by the Met’s

Specialist Crime Command has seen

more than 20 officers involved and hours

of CCTV pored over.

They are still keen to hear from

anyone with information or who may

have been in the area at the time.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne

Jolley, who leads the investigation, said:

“It’s now been two years since Alexander

was murdered in cold blood by these

cowards. Nobody deserves what

happened to Alexander and we won’t

stop until we catch those responsible.

“Alexander was adored by his family,

who miss him terribly each and every

day, and their grief is made so much

worse by the fact his killers still walk the

streets. My heart goes out to them as they

continue to live with unanswered

questions and without knowing who is

responsible for his death.

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can assure you that does not mean we

slow down. If anything, we are more

determined than ever to catch the people

responsible and get justice for Alexander

and his family.

“If you’re reading this and you know

anything – anything at all – please come

forward. It is not too late to do the right

thing. You may think the information you

hold is small or insignificant – tell us

anyway. It could be the missing piece of

a much bigger puzzle. Alexander did not

deserve this and nor does his family.

Nothing will ever heal the pain of losing

him, but you can help bring them some

small comfort by helping us catch those


“For his family’s sake, if you know

anything about what happened to

Alexander, please contact us or

CrimeStoppers anonymously. Any

information you give will be treated with

the utmost confidence.”

Any witnesses or those with

information, video or images that could

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continue to commit serious rights

violations and risks further pressure

on journalists and commentators to

stay quiet about the abuse, Human

Rights Watch said.

As the Commonwealth meeting

grows near, leaders should urgently

call for credible and independent

investigations into allegations of

abuse against critics and journalists.

The prison staff tell us they will kill

us after CHOGM,” Karasira said.

“I’m not going to hide it from the

courts like others have. All I am

asking for is a minimum of human

rights. Where we are locked up, we

cannot breathe.” Other journalists

have told Human Rights Watch that

they have received anonymous

phone calls in which they are told

that after CHOGM, they will suffer

the consequences for their work.

Both Karasira and Niyonsenga

have accused prison authorities of



communications between them and

Jailed critic decries prison torture

their lawyers. Karasira told the court

that prison guards prevented him

from accessing documents to

prepare for trial. “When I meet with

my lawyer, prison agents take

pictures of my documents and refuse

to give me certain documents saying

they are unrelated to my trial,”

Karasira told the judge on May 30.

On February 16, Karasira’s

lawyer told the court that prison

guards listened in on his

consultations with his client.

Reading correspondence or listening

in on consultations between Karasira

and his lawyer violates Rwandan

and international legal standards,

which protect all communications

and consultations between lawyers

and their clients within their

professional relationship as


Niyonsenga, known as “Cyuma

Hassan”, the owner of Ishema TV,

and his driver, Fidèle Komezusenge,

were arrested in April 2020 after

reporting on the impact of the

Covid-19 guidelines on vulnerable

populations, and were accused of

forgery, impersonating journalists,

and hindering public works. Both

were acquitted on March 12, 2021,

after spending almost a year in

detention. The prosecution appealed

the verdict and Niyonsenga was

rearrested on November 11, 2021,

after the High Court in Kigali

reversed his acquittal.

The appeals court found

Niyonsenga guilty of forgery,

impersonation, hindering public

works, and “humiliation of national

authorities and persons in charge of

public service.” The last charge,

which was added during the appeal,

is no longer a criminal offence in

Rwanda. It was struck down from

the 2018 Penal Code by the Supreme

Court in 2019. A second appeal’s

verdict maintained his seven-year

sentence but overturned his

conviction for humiliation of

national authorities.

Karasira, a Tutsi and former

information communication

technology professor at the

University of Rwanda, has spoken

about losing family members both to

Hutu extremists and to the RPF in

1994 on his YouTube channel called

Ukuri Mbona (The truth I see, in


Since 2020, Human Rights Watch

has monitored trials in which judicial

authorities pursued politically

motivated prosecutions and

perpetuated a culture of intolerance

of dissent. Many are held in

Nyarugenge prison, Mageragere

sector, in Kigali, where allegations

of ill treatment and torture regularly


“Rwanda’s partners should

urgently call out the grave human

rights violations against journalists,

commentators and opposition

members,” Mudge said. “In turning

their backs on victims, they

undermine their own institution and

their pledged commitment to human


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Encouraging Healthy Snacking

By involving children in the preparation

or purchase of healthy snacks, you are

encouraging healthy snacking as well as

independence. The more exposure children

have to healthy foods the better! Have

healthy options readily available such as

ready-to-eat veggie sticks in a box for when

you are out and about, fresh fruit available in

a bowl in the kitchen and wholegrain cereal

and canned fruit in your cupboards.


Having regular meals at set times, with

two or three snacks per day is ideal. Try not

to allow snacks too close to mealtimes as this

can cause children to fill up. If your child is

not eating well at mealtimes, try looking at

the amount and type of snacks they are

having; they could still be full from their last



Where possible, try to combine snacks

from at least two food groups, for example

vegetables and houmous or fruit and sugar

free yoghurt. Other healthy snack ideas

include wholegrain foods such as bread, toast

and breadsticks. This will provide extra

nutrients and be filling for your little one.

Dividing up packaged snacks

If packaged foods are given to children,

they may need to be divided up and shared.

This is because packaged foods are normally

designed for adults. As a general rule, one

portion is roughly the amount that a child can

fit in the palm of their hand.

We know childhood is a particularly

important period for forming positive

behaviours related to nutrition, so we hope

this article has given you a few ideas.

For more tips on how to stay healthy,

sign up for our weekly healthy tips

at www.heartresearch.org.uk/healthy-tips

To help keep your heart healthy, why not

try out some of our Healthy Heart recipes

from our website:


Or have a look through our Healthy Heart

cookbook filled with recipes from top chefs,

celebrities and food bloggers:


Written by the Health Promotion and

Education Team at Heart Research UK

Tel: +44 (0) 7956 385 604

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