Rwanda

The environment for free debate and dissent in Rwanda continues to be hostile. Political opponents face numerous challenges, not least the real threat of arrest. Journalists continue to be at risk of attacks or criminal charges for their work – criminal defamation remains an offence in the country.

The Rwanda Law Reform Commission and the Parliament have initiated discussions with media practitioners recently on revising the 2013 Media Law and the Penal Code. This is in its roadmap for implementation of the recommendations accepted during Rwanda’s examination in the 2015 Universal periodic Review.

ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa runs a protection programme for journalists, placing emphasis on digital security needs and the needs of women journalists, who face disproportionately high attacks compared to their male counterparts. We also work with partners to train media regulators to ensure that any decisions taken are within the bounds of international human rights law.

Rwanda: Surveillance revelations opportunity to reform legal and encryption environment
26.07.2021 11 min read

Rwanda: Surveillance revelations opportunity to reform legal and encryption environment

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Rwanda: Implement UPR recommendations on free expression
09.07.2021 2 min read

Rwanda: Implement UPR recommendations on free expression

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Rwanda: Draft data protection bill must incorporate freedom of expression and information safeguards
15.06.2021 6 min read

Rwanda: Draft data protection bill must incorporate freedom of expression and information safeguards

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Threats to Free Speech Online in Eastern Africa 
11.02.2021 6 min read

Threats to Free Speech Online in Eastern Africa 

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Rwanda: Accept and Implement UPR Recommendations on Freedom of Expression
02.02.2021 13 min read

Rwanda: Accept and Implement UPR Recommendations on Freedom of Expression

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Rwanda: ARTICLE 19 and Access Now contribute to Universal Periodic Review process
16.07.2020 2 min read

Rwanda: ARTICLE 19 and Access Now contribute to Universal Periodic Review process

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10.09.2018 8 min read

Rwanda: Analysis of the Penal Code

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18.05.2018 6 min read

Rwanda: Law Governing Information and Communication Technologies

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Rwanda: National Election Commission to censor candidates’ online campaign messages
11.10.2017 5 min read

Rwanda: National Election Commission to censor candidates’ online campaign messages

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