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(Aug 20, 2010) Rwanda's government has invited the non-governmental organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to comment on the three-year-old genocide ideology law that is at present under review. The two human rights groups have been critical of Rwanda, complaining that the government is attempting to silence opposition voices through the use of punishment for the crime of "genocide ideology." (Rwanda Seeks Watchdogs' Input as Cabinet Reviews Genocide Law, RNA (Aug. 12, 2010), World News Connection online subscription database, Doc. No. 201008121477.1_3018005671f72cd3.)
Amnesty International has said that more than 900 people are imprisoned for crimes outlined in the law. (Id.) In particular, it has criticized the law as vague, stating that it and other statutes are "ostensibly used to restrict hate speech, but often used to silence legitimate dissent." (Amnesty International, Pre-Election Attacks on Rwandan Politicians and Journalists Condemned (Aug. 5, 2010), http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-up
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Freedom of speech More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Rwanda More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 08/20/2010