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Rwanda: Children

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1355, tabled on 5 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Rwanda following the publication of the report by Human Rights Watch "As long as we live on the streets, they will beat us": Rwanda's abusive detention of children, published on 27 January, which claims that Rwandan authorities are formalising their abusive arrests and detention of vulnerable children under the pretence of rehabilitation.

Answered on

13 February 2020

We are aware of the Human Rights Watch report "As Long as We Live on the Streets, They Will Beat Us", published on 27 January, which we are currently reviewing. We urge the Government of Rwanda to abide by its international human rights obligations, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Rwanda ratified in 1991. The UK regularly raises human rights issues in our discussions with the Government of Rwanda. The Prime Minister most recently met President Kagame in the margins of the Africa Investment Summit in January.