Kagame urges judiciary to uphold human rights
President Paul Kagame has said that the Rwandan judiciary needs to work hard at upholding human rights with special attention to issues of corruption, human and drug trafficking, and genocide ideology as some of areas that pose a challenge to the community development.
Despite Rwanda being hailed international for upholding the rule of law and curbing corruption, Kagame said that the judiciary needs to continue improving the handling of cases of drug trafficking, commercial wrangles and embezzlement of public funds and vandalism of public infrastructure.
President Kagame was speaking today at the launch of the 2013-2014 Judicial Year at Parliament, where he thanked the Justice sector for the remarkable achievements in the past five years.
Justice is an essential part of building a nation and ensuring every citizen is equal before the law. Every nation, rich or poor, has the ability to respect justice. No country should claim to have monopoly over the understanding of principles of justice” Kagame said
“Our context requires us to increase efforts to address challenges including genocide ideology, human and drug trafficking. Human trafficking is not a business but a crime that we should not tolerate.”
The President of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice, Professor Sam Rugege stated that the government has been supportive in creating an independent judiciary in Rwanda and its achievements have been an example to other countries.
Rwanda’s judiciary has been able to address the challenge of backlog cases, and the prosecution had been able to win all extradition cases for genocide suspects living abroad, with more of the cases taken to court.
Prosecutor-General Martin Ngoga said the year 2012/13 was productive for the judiciary, and underscored that cases before the courts were expedited and the judiciary continued to earn trust of foreign jurisdictions, resulting in the transfer of several high-profile suspects to Rwanda.
In a related development, the United Nations special representative on human trafficking has urged African countries to fund their diplomatic missions to ensure supervision of their citizens in foreign countries.
Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said it is the responsibility of African governments to eliminate the vice.
“We should have proactive ambassadors who supervise all immigrants. Ambassadors don’t have money and governments should look for partners to help victims,” Ngozi made the remarks on Thursday at a public lecture on human trafficking in Africa in Kampala.