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: 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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17.03.2016 2 min read

Rwanda: ARTICLE 19 Delivers UPR Outcome Statement

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Rwanda: Government must commit to Freedom of Expression at UPR
03.11.2015 2 min read

Rwanda: Government must commit to Freedom of Expression at UPR

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23.03.2015 1 min read

ARTICLE 19 Submission to UPR of Rwanda

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02.03.2015 2 min read

Rwanda: Journalist found guilty on defamation charges

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01.01.2015 1 min read

Rwanda: Stakeholder Coalition UPR Report 2010-14

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