The Human Rights Commission noted that the country has done its most effort to respect human rights but also to implement COVID-19 protection measures, only to point out that there have been instances where various institutions have deviated from human rights.
The chairperson of the National Commission for Human Rights, Mukasine Marie Claire
“There have been some cases where things have gone wrong, but what we can say is that some people have been using excessive force. The good thing is that the perpetrators have been prosecuted, some have been tried, some have been tried in the courts, people have been convicted at the time,” he said. ‘
Some of the actions the commission identified as human rights abuses during COVID-19,When the COVID-19 pandemic start in Rwanda, schools were among the first to be closed, and students were back at home.
The Human Rights Commission described the act as a violation of the right to education.
In particular, he pointed out that the most affected were children from rural areas and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, as they were not able to access the state-of-the-art technology that the government has partnered with the private sector to keep children in school. He only praised the government and its efforts to think about technology that would help children continue their education.
He said: That Rwanda had done its best to fight COVID-19 but that the impact on human rights could be very limited. He said that people should avoid COVID-19 because it in itself deprives them of many rights including life.
Remark of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Johnston Busingye
The relationship between COVID-19 and human rights is clear and understandable. The virus is a health problem, he said. It can take lives, and it has done so in many countries around the world and in Rwanda that has killed 53.
The Human Rights Commission has called on the government to continue its investigation to ensure that there is enough evidence that the country is still in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic
The commission commended some of the government’s initiatives, including the establishment of a number of prisons for prisoners and detainees that could be used to send money to buy various necessities.
The government is also pleased that the government has put in place special treatment programs for inmates with disabilities, especially since their families are not allowed to visit them to bring them as much food as they can. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Busingye Johnston, said the country has done its most to fight COVID-19 and human rights abuses.
reminded that Covid 19 continues to be felt globally killing many and paralysing the socio-economic fabric of most countries and affecting humanitarian development.
The global Covid-19 crisis has been fuelled by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, vulnerabilities, sexual and gender-based violence, structural and entrenched discrimination plus other gaps in human rights protection,” he said.
Remarks of The UN Resident Coordinator Fodé Ndiaye
He said that challenges to overcome are constantly increasing but they require robust efforts in cooperation among states, enhancing the solidarity among the institutions and countries.
The decision to jointly commemorate this event in Rwanda shows our continued commitment to work together as a team and we are proud that this has yielded the achievement of great results, which are welcome by the international community.
This year’s Human Rights Day (HRD) themes “Recover Better, stand up for Human Rights” relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focused on the need to build back better by using Human Rights. It is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the word we want and reaffirm our interconnectedness, our shared responsibility, and our shared humanity as human being. This theme invites us to think more deeply on our roles and responsibility in fighting against this pandemic, and be held accountable in successfully playing them. The recovery will be efficient if and only if it is anchored on fundamental human rights and is inclusive, leave no one behind the response should be people-centered.
At international level, the United Secretary-General called upon the governments and organizations to take immediate actions namely the Highest Aspiration – A Call to Action for Human Rights and Indicators for assessing and monitoring human rights implication of COVID-19
We welcome a series of holistic measures undertaken by the Government of Rwanda (Under the wise leadership of the President of the Republic ) to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and chat the recovery path by releasing and implementing its Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) for the May 2020 to December 2021 in partnership with the Development partners.
The UN is Proud to contribute both to the Health preparedness and response plan and to the ERP. Of course, the COVID-19 has put more financial challenges on governments: shrinking fiscal space, dept sustainability, reduced ODA or remittances, questions on FDIs and domestic resources. This should be the time to prioritize actions reaching more vulnerable people.
The commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights happens in the period when the word is shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, which obviously has negative impact on human rights.
All our member states are experiencing the atrocity of this pandemic which caused millions of deaths in the word and has paralysed for a long time the socio-economic and humanitarian development. As the SG puts in his message: “COVID19 has reinforced two fundamental truths about HRs, First HRs Violations hurt us all. Second, HRs are universal and protect us all.
The Event Coincided the 72nd anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UN women represantative