A Rwandan YouTube video producer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Rwandan High Court condemned a woman to 15 years in jail for criticizing the way the 1994 genocide is remembered, advocating for a demonstration, and circulating rumours that the president had died.
Yvonne Idamange rejected the allegations.
She was detained in February after she posted videos on YouTube criticizing the administration.
Her long speeches enraged Rwandan authorities, who take criticism seriously.
The 42-year-old accused the government of profiting from the 1994 genocide and claimed victims’ bones should not be displayed at monuments.
The mother of four children also criticized the reaction to the coronavirus epidemic, emphasizing the effect of lockdowns on the poor.
Human Rights Watch said that Ms Idamange’s trial, which took place behind closed doors, was intended to frighten anybody considering voicing critical, sensitive, or unpopular views.
According to the organization, the 15-year pr