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UK Statement on Rwanda at the 23rd Session of the Universal Periodic Review, Geneva, March 16-18

The UK delivers its statement on the Universal Periodic Review of Rwanda, 16 March 2016

The UPR takes place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva
The UPR takes place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva

Thank you Mr Vice President,

The UK thanks Rwanda for its continued commitment to the Universal Periodic Review process. The UK recognises and welcomes the substantial progress that Rwanda has made in delivering economic and social rights for its people. However, as the report highlights, this progress is not yet matched by access to political and civil rights.

We welcome Rwanda’s acceptance of our recommendation that it will comply with existing laws on detention and implement further legislation to regulate ‘transit’ and ‘rehabilitation’ centres which reports suggest have been used for irregular detention and mistreatment of individuals in custody.

We are disappointed that Rwanda does not support our recommendation to ensure the civilian nature of camps by upholding its humanitarian obligations in line with the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

Thank you Mr Vice President.

Published 16 March 2016