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End Arbitrary Detention, Ill-Treatment

(Nairobi) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s call for Rwanda to take “urgent measures” to end abuse of street children should be carried out immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. In observations released on February 13, 2020…
Street children sit on the verandah of a house in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, on January 22, 2020.

Lengthy Sentences for Ex-Military Officers’ Comments Reduced

Click to expand Image Colonel Tom Byabagamba (left) and retired…
Colonel Tom Byabagamba (left) and retired Brigadier General Frank Rusagara (right) arrive at the court to appeal their 2016 conviction on charges including tarnishing the government’s image and inciting insurrection, in Kigali, Rwanda, on December 27, 201

Another Party Member Detained; Journalist Dropped From Sight

Update: On March 6, 2017, journalist John Ndabarasa resurfaced in Kigali, more than six months after his disappearance in August 2016. He told media that he had fled the country, but decided voluntarily to come back. The story raised a lot of suspicion.…
Rwandan political activist Illuminée Iragena, missing since March 26, 2016.

Serious Free Speech, Assembly Violations Linked to Elections

(Nairobi) – Governments in East Africa made little or no progress on human rights in 2015, and the situation in some countries, such as Burundi, sharply deteriorated, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.Ethiopia and Burundi, and to some…
On October 13, 2015, police shot dead Christophe Nkezabahizi, his wife, nephew, and his two teenage children in Bujumbura. No one has been held accountable for their deaths.

Governments Should Bring Remaining Genocide Suspects to Justice

(Nairobi) – The formal closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on December 31, 2015, makes it especially important for governments around the world to intensify efforts to bring remaining suspects to justice.
 On December 14, the…

Close Unofficial Detention Center

(Nairobi) – The Rwandan authorities are arbitrarily arresting and unlawfully holding some of the country’s most vulnerable people in an unofficial detention center, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
 The 48-page report…
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