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UA 174/19
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Pastor’s daughter arbitrarily detained

AI-Index: AFR 47/1600/2019

Jackie Umuhoza, daughter of exiled pastor Deo Nyirigira, was arrested on the morning of 27 November 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. On 28 November, after her family and friends raised the alarm on social media, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau confirmed on Twitter that Jackie Umuhoza had been arrested on 27 November on suspicion of treason and espionage. She remains in detention without having been brought before a judge.


Jackie Umuhoza is the daughter of Deo Nyirigira, pastor of Agape Community Church in Mbarara, Uganda. Deo Nyirigira and his family left Rwanda in 2001 for Uganda, citing persecution. More recently, Deo Nyirigira has been accused in pro-government media of recruiting for the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), an opposition group in exile. His daughters Lilian Umutoni, Axelle Umutesi and Jackie Umuhoza returned to Rwanda from Uganda in 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively after completing their university education. The family reported that the sisters had been repeatedly summoned for questioning about their father’s activities since late 2017 and were arrested and detained for one week in March 2019. At that time, their Ugandan national identity cards and passports were confiscated, in addition to their Rwandan national identity cards and passports, which were retained in 2018. Lilian Umutoni and Axelle Umutesi were arrested on the evening of 27 November 2019 (the day of Jackie Umuhoza’s arrest), detained overnight and released the following day.

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