Netherlands to assist Rwandan forensics
Fred Teevens, the Netherland’s Minister for Migration and State Secretary for security and Justice
The Dutch government has committed to supporting the Rwanda National Police with forensic expertise, considering the country’s growth in the justice sector, 20 years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
A five-man-delegation of forensic experts from the Netherlands Forensic Institute, led by Doris Eerhart-Waslander, on March 31, visited the Rwanda National forensic lab- run by the Police forces, to assess ways of supporting the force in forensic sciences, especially in training.
Eerhart-Waslander, who is also the Senior Scientific Support Coordinator and International Forensic Advisor at Netherlands Forensic Institute said that her team was impressed Rwanda’s progress in the justice sector taking into consideration Rwanda going through genocide.
The Dutch team was briefed them on the force’s achievements in the last 14 years, including professional crime scene management and the establishment of a forensic laboratory to assist the justice sector by providing forensic evidences.
The delegation’s visit follows that of Fred Teevens, the Netherland’s Minister for Migration and State Secretary for security and Justice, in January, who pledged to support the force in various fields.
The Dutch government, through its embassy in Kigali, supports Rwanda National Police in various policing areas including the anti-gender violence campaign. The two countries have also entered into a mutual deal to have mutual support in the field of migration and combating illegal migration between the two countries.
Pieter Dorst, the head of development cooperation at the Netherland Embassy says that the government of Rwanda had clearly expressed its strategy to transform the country to a middle class nation.
Dorst remarked that the Dutch Government is currently working on a new development cooperation agreement worth more than € 200 million that will see Rwanda receive support in various sectors.