For criticising the way the 1994 genocide was commemorated and calling for a protest and spreading a rumour that the president had died, the High Court in Rwanda has sentenced Yvonne Idamange to 15 years in prison after finding her guilty.
She has denied the charges.
She was arrested in February by authorities who were infuriated by her lengthy monologues videos posted on YouTube that strongly criticised the government.
The 42-year-old accused the government of monetising the 1994 genocide and said the remains of the victims should not be on display at memorials.
The mother of four children also condemned the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and highlighted the impact that lockdowns had had on the poor.
The behind closed doors trial of Ms Idamange was designed to intimidate anyone thinking of expressing critical, sensitive, or controversial views, Human Rights Watch said.
The group said the 15-year prison sentence was part of a broader crackdown on free speech in Rwanda.