Society

RPF-Nkotanyi: The messenger of hope..     

The Japanese have a philosophy called Kintsugi(金継ぎ, きんつぎ). It is the belief that things are more beautiful because they were once broken and then repaired. The philosophy treats breakage as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. They use gold to repair the broken objects to highlight how their beauty is thus sublime and priceless, ...

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Decriminalizing Adultery in Rwanda: Comparative Normative Framework: Laws and Jurisprudence

‘A man having sexual relations with another man’s wife is the highest invasion of property and a man cannot receive a higher provocation…’ English Lord Chief Justice John Holt, 1707 Summary: Having examined the Rwandan constitution, Rwandan Positive Law, international law, international jurisprudence and doctrine, this paper highlights potential legal and social inconsistencies in the act of criminalizing adultery, and argues ...

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PETITION ON ABORTION AND CHILD DEFILEMENT

EXEMPTION FROM CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR ABORTION (Article 140) There shall be no criminal liability if abortion is performed due to one of the following reasons: 1º. If the pregnant person is a minor; 2º. If the victim became pregnant as a result of rape; 3º. If the victim became pregnant after being subjected to a forced marriage; 4º. If the ...

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‘Ibizungerezi’: Rwanda Shouldn’t criminalize Adultery

Summary: By contracting marriage, what do spouses commit themselves to? To find the answer to this question, one must look at the Rwandan Civil Code, Article 171(3o): Procedure for marriage celebration:  Oath of Spouses: ‘I….., having heard what the law obliges the spouses, agree without any coercion that you……..are my wife/husband and we shall cohabit as per our contract and according ...

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Comparative Laws and jurisprudence on Defamation, Libel, Slander and Sedition

Rwandan lawmakers are debating the fate of defamation laws as part of a review/update of the Rwandan Penal Code. I thought I would contribute to the conversation by looking at how other countries have dealt with the question. Legal Analysis Summary: Insult on the person of the President of the Republic, public insult and defamation are considered in many countries ...

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I found your birthday gift…

I found your birthday gift; In the gratitude of Genocide survivors; The reconciliation of the Rwandan people.   In the prevailing social justice; the surging life expectancy; The fast Human Development, the encouraging global rankings; I found your birthday gift…   In the cleanliness of our street, the greenness of our roadsides; The safety of our neighborhoods, and the tranquility ...

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Yo, Rwandais!

At some point in Goma there were no more Rwandan men; they had all joined the struggle. If you were an able-bodied man and you were still hanging around in Goma, aunties scorned you, girls didn’t date you and grandmothers called you Chantal, Yvette, or some women’s names to mean that you are a coward. Even some young girls went, ...

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I Pay, therefore I’m right. How African Terrorists buy US Congress

‘Africa doesn’t need strong men, it needs strong institutions!’ Barack Obama declared in an epic speech to the Ghanaian parliament. Young Africans have been repeating the catch phrase ever since… If he says this, one would think, it means in his country institutions are ‘Strong’. Imagine my shock then, when I learned that Rwandan dissidents paid 440.000 USD in order ...

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Paul Kagame is part of the solution; always has been…

‘This Army of ours will be the pillar of change… If you are saying that you are fighting tribalism, racism, but in the end your action show tribalism, then there is no difference between you and those you are waging war against. Or if you say that those you are fighting are thieves, if you are a thief too, then ...

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The Rwandan uprising

Something remarkable happened during the just concluded elections. In a surge of temper, Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch tweeted: ‘Rwanda trolls are using #RwandaDecides hashtag against criticism of country’s murderous dictatorship, as if anyone but Paul Kagame decides’ Indeed #RwandaDecides is the hastag that Rwandan people were using to communicate on social media throughout the electoral ...

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