This report should be seen as covering the periodic reports that Rwanda was not able to present in the period from 1992 to 2000
The report consists of two parts. The first part presents the institutional system of Rwanda and the human rights instruments to which Rwanda is a party. The second part provides information on measures taken to implement the Charter and the difficulties encountered in its implementation.
"The report on respect for human rights in a country like Rwanda that comes out of the genocide and war, trying to heal its wounds and that's about six years, probably attracts the special attention of all the world. The reader of this initial report will note that from an institutional perspective, Rwanda has set up institutions to promote respect for all human rights and freedoms enshrined in the African Charter of Human Rights and Peoples' Rights. However, the Government of Rwanda is acutely aware that the effectiveness of these institutions depend not only on their legal status but also the level of democracy by Rwandans in general and politicians in particular. This is the vision that guides all the political action of the Government of Rwanda .... Rwandans have learned enough from history and do everything to prevent such tragedy from happening again. The Government of Rwanda takes the opportunity to further call upon the international community in general and African countries in particular, to encourage and fully support the efforts of Rwandans in their struggle for respect for human rights."