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Rwanda - OPCAT Situation

Updated 08.08.2017

Rwanda deposited the instrument of ratification of the OPCAT with the United Nations in New York in June 2015. Consultations are ongoing in the country in view of designating the National Preventive Mechanism.

The latest consultation took place in September 2016 and brought together representatives from the government, State institutions, the judiciary, law enforcement agencies and correctional services, and civil society organisations. It was agreed that the NPM will be a unit within the National Human Rights Commission. This will require revision of the current legal basis of the Commission, reforming its structure, governance, functioning and methods of work.

A roadmap for the NPM designation process was adopted at this meeting, which foresees the adoption of the new law of the Commission by March 2017 and the NPM to be established and operational by July 2017.

The SPT will visit Rwanda in October 2017.

The SPT member Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah is the SPT Focal Point for Rwanda.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification June 30, 2015
UNCAT Ratification December 15, 2008
NPM Designated

Under consideration

Population 12 661 733
Area (sq km) 26 338
Number of prisons 14
Prison population 55 618
Quick links

CAT: Concluding observations (June 2012)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (March 2011)

African Commission on Human and People’s Rights: Periodic Report (1992-2000)