Rwanda celebrates 2016 International Human Rights Day in Rubavu District

Chairperson of the NCHR (L), the State Minister in MiNIJUST and the Governor of Western Province(in the middle) and the Mayor of Rubavu District (R) during the ceremonies (Photo: NCHR)

Every year, on 10th December, the World celebrates the International Human Rights Day. This day was set aside by the United Nations following the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10th December 1948.

The international theme of the celebrations was “Stand up for someone’s rights today” while in Rwanda it was, “Stand up for someone’s rights today and promote child’s rights to education”.  Addressing residents of Rubavu District, the State Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs, EvodeUwizeyimana has called for collective efforts to protect child rights and fight against gender-based violence. He also spoke on the awareness of child rights.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, DrCélestinNtivuguruzwa, said access to education is among primary rights that everyone is entitled to, from childhood, to help prepare for their future.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda in his remarks, Lamin M. Manneh, he urged the public to stand up for their rights and for others’ rights, especially the rights of vulnerable like children and women. He noted that there are many commendable initiatives undertaken by the Government of Rwanda in the domain of human rights that the UN is keen to support. 

The Chairperson of the National Commission for Human Rights, Madeleine Nirere, said that the Commission values the extent to which the respect of human rights in Rwanda has been promoted and protected. She highlighted that 76.3% of the complaints that the Commission submitted to other institutions in 2015-2016 were solved.

On the occasion of celebrating the International Human Rights Day, the National Commission for Human Rights organized a human rights week which took place from 3 December to 9 December. The week was characterized by sensitization in higher learning institutions, in local communities and through media.
In a bid to ensuring full respect of human rights, the National Commission for Human Rights is consistently educating citizens on their rights in close collaboration with local authorities.