Human Rights in Rwanda: majority of population ignore their human rights.

Rwandans estimated at 20% say they are unaware of their human rights, and it is this gap that has prompted the President of the Commission for Human Rights (CNDH), Madeleine Nirere, to affirm that during the CNDH Strategic Plan 2018-2023, this Commission will focus on human rights awareness campaigns aiming to reduce this number significantly.

WHY IT MATTERS: Rwanda has been criticized for violations of human rights such as silencing dissenting opinions of some persons especially in politics; the fact that the population still needs to understand their human rights is essential to go with the full ongoing development of Rwanda.

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“Only 80% of the population is satisfied with human rights awareness and 19.6% are not. This means that the Commission’s efforts to raise awareness of human rights should be increased, “she said.

Nirere pointed out that in the last five years, most of the complaints they have received relate to property rights, education and justice, and sexual violence, particularly in relation to concerning children and domestic violence.

“With regard to children, the problems of school drop-out and school rape remain a challenge. Although the people involved are often convicted, the problem of compensation remains, “she added.

Nirere has called for urgent support for retirement homes, which require financial support.

“We visited seniors’ homes and found that their resources were limited and provided only the essentials. For example, it is difficult for most of them who can not walk to have access to crutches or wheelchairs. Urgent financial support is needed, “she insisted.

The President of the CNDH also pointed out that in the few existing orphanages, children with disabilities are still blocked, a few people are interested in their adoption.

She pointed out that although progress had been made in inclusive education, children with disabilities, such as the visually impaired and the hearing impaired, still needed help to use the necessary equipment during their studies.

The Secretary-General of the CNDH, Dr. Emmanuel Nibishaka, said that the capacity to receive complaints had increased and that 91.5% of all complaints received by the Commission were currently being processed, reports Rwanda News Agency

“The rate of resolved complaints has increased significantly. For example, in 2013-2014, out of 1116 complaints received, only 654 were resolved, or 58.6%, but in 2017-2018, out of 1,488, 1,341 complaints, or 77%, were resolved. It’s an improvement, “he said.

Nibishaka pointed out that the institution was faced with an inefficient control mechanism in implementing the recommendations addressed by the Commission to public institutions.

“For example, after a study, it was established that the Commission did not have a framework for regular dialogue with the institutions that received recommendations to assess how these recommendations were implemented”, he raised.

The CNDH is primarily responsible for promoting and protecting human rights in the country.

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