The 2004 “Country Reports on Terrorism” released on April 27, 2005, by the United States, revealed that FDLR, the notorious DRC-based genocidal group was designated among the top forty Foreign Terrorist Organizations. That prompted the then Bush administration to blacklist FDLR, a decision hitherto still in force.
Nearly eighteen years down the road, it beats everyone’s understanding of why the International Community continues to keep dead silent on the FDLR issue, yet the cutthroat group has never ceased committing crimes against humanity.
As a Rwandan proverb goes, “whenever you see a dog sitting comfortably in a tree know that someone has put it there ,” and this is the same case for the FDLR’s stay in DRC, which wants to give it a semblance of legitimacy. They do this notwithstanding the terrible history of its genocide crimes and other war crimes committed both in Rwanda and in DR Congo.
Well, the issue is easy to demystify – FDLR is a proxy group serving the interests of Kinshasa’s failed rulers. For instance, it is public knowledge, and there are facts that Kinshasa supports the FDLR in its day-to-day terror activities.
That is the move which is explained by how the Tshisekedi regime keeps pampering the blacklisted genocidal and terrorist group despite regional provisions such as the Nairobi Heads of States Conclave, and Luanda Tripartite Summit roadmap among other recommendations meant to rout FDLR.
To everyone’s surprise, when it comes to rampant conflicts in Eastern DRC, especially the ongoing civil war in which the FDLR is fighting alongside the country’s army (FARDC) against the M23 rebels, the International Community quickly and falsely accuses Rwanda of “responsibility” while deliberately ignoring the issues of the FDLR that have been there for decades wreaking havoc on Congolese citizens.
And that hypocrisy is explained by the bloody interests that those powerful countries see in FDLR. However, the status quo must be reversed as far as regional stability and criminal accountability are concerned, and indeed if nothing is done urgently Rwanda – DRC relations will further deteriorate.