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One UN Trains 153 Rwanda Judges on Human Rights

UNDP Country Director, Stephen Rodriques (centre) opens the training workshop for judges and registrars in Kigali City on 29 September 2015.

The One-UN Rwanda recently conducted two major human rights training workshops that benefitted 153 Rwandan judges and registrars from Nyarugenge, Gasabo and Rubavu districts. The subject of the training was “The Application of International Human Rights Law in Domestic Courts”. The workshops were organized in collaboration with the Rwanda Supreme Court, the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD) and the National Commission for Human Rights. The workshops were the last in a series of trainings for judicial personnel on the subject that started in 2013.

Opening the workshop in Kigali on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda, Mr. Stephen Rodriques, Country Director – UNDP Rwanda, noted: “The judiciary is a cornerstone of human rights protection in every democratic country. One should remember that given the fundamental right to a fair trial, every legal case is per se a human rights case; therefore, there can be no justice without respect for and compliance with human rights”. Ms. Madeleine Nirere, Chairperson of the National Commission for Human Rights of Rwanda and Ms. Angelina Rutazana from the Supreme Court of Rwanda, also reiterated the importance of this training of judges on the application of international human rights law in domestic courts. The UN Senior Human Rights Advisor, Mr. Chris Mburu, outlined the objectives of the training workshop, noting that more than 400 judges and registrars had benefitted from this important training.

Participants in the training of judges and registrars in Rubavu, Western Province of Rwanda and their trainers. 

This training matches with the overall needs assessed in Rwanda as the strengthening of the Judiciary and the Rule of Law is one of the major objectives of Rwanda’s Vision 2020. The One-UN, through its Program:  “Justice, Rule of Law and Order Sector (JRLO)”, has been a close partner of the Rwandan government on building the capacity of the judiciary.

Participants in the training of judges and registrars in Kigali City.

The judges and registrars participating in the workshops were full of praise for the One-UN Rwanda, and they asked that further trainings be organized to support their work. One of the judges said: “This will no doubt enable us to give better judgments, and ensure that litigants in our courts get justice that factors in Rwanda’s international human rights commitments and obligations”.