Rwanda: 7th Periodic Report, 1999-2002


The present Report covers the period 2000 – 2002 and is "the fruit of the combined efforts of the public institutions and of national independent organizations and institutions working in the field of human rights."

The report consists of two parts, sub-divided into Chapters. Part I deals with the institutional system and human rights instruments. The first Chapter of Part II deals with measures taken for application of the provisions of the Charter, with regard to civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; and the rights of peoples. The second Chapter deals with difficulties encountered in the implementation of the Charter (including poverty, ignorance, and taboos and stereotypes) and solutions envisaged.

From the Conclusion:
"Rwanda is developing a policy of institution and strengthening of state organs responsible for the promotion of the respect for human rights and for the monitoring of the development of those components of civil society which can promote respect by all, of the rights and liberties stipulated by the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights. 

The Government is working at the creation of an appropriate legal framework for the application of the essential principles, which are indispensable for the promotion of these
rights and will spare no effort for the realization of these objectives... 

Nonetheless, constraints independent of the political will and often superior to the available means of action tend to slow down the process without however stopping it."

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