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Rwanda’s human rights record reviewed for the third time

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Under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, Rwanda will be reviewed on Monday, the 25th January 2021.

Rwanda was first reviewed for the first time on 24th January 2011 and for the second time on 4th November 2015.According to the outcome report of the 2015 second review, Rwanda received 229 recommendations in total.

Overall, 152 recommendations (66.4%) enjoyed the support of Rwanda; including 50 recommendations that enjoyed the support of Rwanda and were included in the implementation roadmap and 102 recommendations enjoyed the support of Rwanda but were considered to be implemented or in the process of being implemented. 77 recommendations (33.6 %) did not enjoy the support of Rwanda.

John MUDAKIKWA, CERULAR’s Executive Director

In a Press Release issued ahead of Rwanda’s review by the Center for the Rule of Law Rwanda (CERULAR) and endorsed by the Organization’s Executive Director, John MUDAKIKWA,  Rwanda is commended for undertaking several legal, policy reforms as well as Strategic actions and programmatic interventions aimed at addressing both the underlying and immediate causes of various human rights deficits, ranging from civil and political rights, economic, social rights to rights of special groups such as women, children and persons with disabilities outlined in the recommendations received during the second review.

According to CERULAR, “cumulatively, these efforts have yielded into tangible dividends in terms of contributing towards the enjoyment of human rights by Rwandan citizens and residents.”

On the other hand however,CERULAR notes with concern that, there still exist a number of human rights challenges and gaps which need to be fixed especially in the areas of safeguarding fundamental freedoms to expression and association; the right to due process and access to justice, the right to liberty and security of persons, including freedom from torture, protection from enforced disappearance, freedom from all forms of gender based violence; and the right to decent living conditions especially vulnerable groups such as historically marginalized groups, persons of persons with disabilities, LGBTIs and sex workers.

Against this backdrop CERULAR“encourages the Government of Rwanda, during the 3rd review, to accept all transformational recommendations received and to collaboratively work with all different stakeholders towards their full and effective implementation.”

According to the Press release, CERULAR commits “to support and contribute towards Rwanda’s Journey to respect, protect and fulfil all human rights for all through effective and mutual collaboration with relevant government agencies, development partners and partner civil society organizations.”

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. UPR was established through the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/60/251 of 15 March 2006. It was operationalized through the Human Rights Council Resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007 and in accordance with the President’s statement PRST/8/1 on modalities and practices for the universal periodic review process of 9 April 2008.

Muremyi Viateur

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