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Rwanda; Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone Convicts to Serve Time in Rwanda

(Mar. 27, 2009) On March 18, 2009, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the Sierra Leone-based Tribunal established in 2002 to try individuals who perpetrated crimes during the civil war in that country, signed an agreement with the Rwandan government that will make it possible for some individuals convicted by the SCSL to serve […]

Rwanda: New Law on Media

(Mar. 4, 2009) On February 23, 2009, the Lower Chamber of the Rwandan Parliament approved a new media law. This law mandates that all print media outlets put on every copy of their publications the number of copies to be printed and distributed for that particular edition. The law compels sources to reveal information and […]

Rwanda: Law Against Gender-Based Violence

(Feb. 18, 2009) It was reported on February 11, 2009, that Rwanda is finalizing preparations to publish a law against gender-based violence (GBV) within the next two weeks. The law passed both chambers of parliament last year, but its publication, according to Charles Murigande, Cabinet Affairs Minister, was delayed due to a slow review and […]

Rwanda: Accession to New York Convention

(Nov. 20, 2008) The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced on November 3, 2008, that Rwanda has become the 143rd country to accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the New York Convention). The Convention will enter into force for Rwanda on January 29, 2009. Under […]

Rwanda: First Female Speaker of the Parliament

(Oct. 9, 2008) On October 6, 2008, newly elected members of the Parliament of Rwanda voted into office the country's first female Speaker, Ms. Mukantabama Rose. With the swearing-in of 45 female deputies out of the 80 members of the Chamber of Deputies on the same date, Rwanda also officially became the first country with […]

Rwanda: Law Passed to Determine New Constituencies for Women Parliamentarians

(Sept. 5, 2008) It was reported in May 2008 that a presidential decree is set to determine new constituencies for women parliamentarians in Rwanda, who are elected by electoral colleges through the National Women's Council. The need to revise the constituencies became inevitable after the 2006 territorial administrative reforms, which saw the number of provinces […]

Rwanda: First Legal Practice Institute

(June 2, 2008) On May 11, 2008, Rwanda's first center for the development of law, the National Institute of Legal Practice and Development, was launched. Prime Minister Bernard Makuza, who officiated at the opening ceremony, stated that the Institute's establishment conformed to the government's aim to reinforce the implementation of judicial reforms, which began in […]

Rwanda: Genocide Revisionism Law

(Apr. 2, 2008) On February 8, 2008, members of the Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) of the Rwandan Parliament voted in favor of a controversial new law aimed at stopping "genocide ideology," a term for the outlook that perpetrators of genocide foster to fan divisive hate campaigns between different groups of Rwandans. The law comes […]

Rwanda: Former Official to Be Tried for Genocide

(Mar. 2, 2008) Callixte Nzabonimana, who had been Minister of Youth and Sports in Rwanda in 1994, was arrested on February 19, 2008, in Kigoma, Tanzania. He was sent the next day to Arusha, the location of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where he will be tried for his role in the 1994 […]