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27 May 2018 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 26 May 2018: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, today received from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Rwanda, Louise Mushikiwabo, the instruments of ratification of the Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport. Rwanda is the third member state to ratify the AfCFTA, after Ghana and Kenya, and the first to do so as far as the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport is concerned.

07 Feb 2018 description

Malnutrition in Eastern Africa among children raises concern

18 January 2018, Addis Ababa – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Africa Union Commission have signed an agreement to launch sustainable school food and nutrition programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

23 Jan 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE

African countries are divided on the fate of Rwandan refugees within their borders following the expiry of the deadline of the cessation clause that effectively ends their refugee status.

The cessation clause is part of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which allows countries to declare that the reasons that led to people fleeing the country no longer exist, and that all those who fled should be able to return or risk losing their refugee status.

30 Sep 2017 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Andrej Mahecic – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 29 septembre 2017 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Le HCR, l’agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, lance un appel à davantage de soutien de la part de la communauté internationale en faveur des réfugiés burundais et des communautés qui les accueillent, alors que la pénurie chronique de fonds entrave sérieusement les efforts humanitaires dans les pays d’asile.

29 Sep 2017 description

With only 12 per cent funding, UNHCR and aid partners are grappling with increasing needs of Burundian refugees.

By Cathy Wachiaya in Mahama, Rwanda | 29 September 2017

After fleeing violence in Burundi, Charlene Natete, her husband Jean-Marie and their two children, Alice, 7, and four-year-old Vestinne, are relieved when they finally reach Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda’s Eastern province. But, even here, their worries are far from over. All they own now is contained in a single bag.

01 Oct 2016 description
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Communiqué conjoint - French version

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union, agreed today on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations.

This ministerial meeting, hosted by UNHCR in Geneva, marks the last phase of a comprehensive solutions strategy for Rwandan refugees who fled their country between 1959 and 1998 to escape inter-ethnic violence and armed conflict.

02 Oct 2015 description

On 2 October 2015, a Ministerial meeting was convened at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva to discuss the state of implementation of the Comprehensive Solutions Strategy for Rwandan Refugees and to review key issues and the way forward in bringing the strategy to its conclusion.

13 Mar 2014 description

In Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi, where Handicap International is working to eliminate sexual violence, children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to be victims of violence or sexual abuse. Children have an important role to play in the organisation’s campaign. “I see the terrible consequences of this type of trauma with my own eyes. We can’t just stand idly by and let it happen,” says Marie, a 13 year old Rwandan girl.

28 Feb 2014 description

Notes: This is a statistics report on repatriation of Rwandans from July 2013 to February 2014.

  • 4,773 Rwandans refugees have been repatriated, 23 refugees renounced refugees status and have been given Rwandan passports and remain in foreign countries
  • 74.46 % of the repatriated passed through Nkamira TC
  • 95.2% came from DRC
  • 59.8 % are female, while 59.8% are under 18 years old
  • The Western province received 73% of the repatriated.
  • 14.461 Rwandans expelled from Tanzania have been received
31 Dec 2013 description

Notes: This is a statistics report on repatriation of Rwandans from July 2013 to December 2013.

  • 3705 Rwandans refugees have been repatriated, 23 refugees renounced refugees status and have been given Rwandan passports and remain in foreign countries
  • 73.54% of the repatriated passed through Nkamira TC
  • 94% came from DRC
  • 58.6 % are female, while 60.11% are under 18 years old
  • The Western province received 72% of the repatriated.
28 Jun 2013 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

In October 2009, UNHCR announced a strategy for bringing to proper closure the situation of Rwandan refugees who fled their country before 31 December 1998. The strategy contains four components: voluntary repatriation, local integration, retention of refugee status for people still in need of international protection, and finally the invocation of the so-called cessation clause.

07 May 2013 description

Handicap International has launched a regional project to prevent sexual violence against children with disabilities in Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya. The organisation decided to take action after learning that children with disabilities are 3 to 4 times more likely to be affected by physical and sexual violence than children without disabilities.

19 Apr 2013 description

Points de presse, 19 avril 2013

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Adrian Edwards – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 19 avril 2013 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Les pays africains accueillant de larges populations de réfugiés rwandais, ainsi que le Rwanda lui-même, ont réitéré leur engagement à résoudre la situation prolongée des réfugiés rwandais selon la Stratégie globale qui avait été annoncée par le HCR en octobre 2009.

19 Apr 2013 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

African countries hosting large numbers of Rwandan refugees and Rwanda itself have reiterated their commitment to resolving the protracted Rwandan refugee situation in line with a Comprehensive Strategy that was announced by UNHCR in October 2009.

05 Jul 2012 description

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 5, 2012) – Heifer International has received an $8.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for project work on the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project. The grant will support existing projects in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda and explore possibilities for expansion in Ethiopia and Tanzania between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

14 May 2012 description
report ActionAid

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Supports Effort with $4.5 million for work in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and the US

23 Jan 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Jan 20, 2012 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are making significant progress towards eradicating extreme hunger and poverty. Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Africa are some of the countries that have made tremendous achievements towards achieving these goals.

01 Aug 2011 description

ICC-CPI-20110801-PR706

On Friday, 29 July 2011, Judge Joyce Aluoch, who is assigned to the Trial Division of the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court), completed a five-day trip to Kenya and Rwanda, where she met with members of the legal and academic communities to raise awareness about the ICC’s mandate and activities as well as to encourage female lawyers to apply to practice before the Court.

31 May 2010 description
report UN News Service

More than one decade after the International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up, a new "age of accountability" is replacing the "old era of impunity," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined today.

Twelve years ago when world leaders gathering in Rome for its establishment, "few could have believed, then, that this court would spring so vigourously into life," Mr.