Human Right

Rights Commission deplores overcrowded prisons

04-16-2020 Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, Chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission-CNIDH, says the commission visited 79 prisons in 2019. He also says the members of the Commission listened to 2413 detainees including 2055 men, 237 women, 116 young boys and 5 girls from different prisons. “154 detainees were released thanks (...)

Presidential pardon receivers face problems to reintegrate into their community.

03-27-2018 From social discrimination to failure to behave like other society members, Presidential pardon receivers struggle to reintegrate into their communities. Activist for prisoners’ rights worries about the situation. The released people sometimes face social discrimination. They are most of the time considered as criminals. “It is really difficult for (...)

Prison Director and chief guard detained after prisoners’ guards escape

04-18-2017 The Director of Rutana prison and a chief of the police guard of the prison have been jailed following the escape of two prisoners and two police officers who were guarding them. Pierre Nkurikiye, Spokesman for the National Police, says Director Jonas Mbonimpa and Officer Eugène Bizindavyi “were arrested (...)

Over 500 prisoners released following presidential pardon

01-24-2017 568 prisoners have been granted a presidential pardon. Their release was officially launched on 23 January in Mpimba prison by the Ministry of Justice. During the ceremony of releasing the prisoners, Aimée Laurentine Kanyana, Minister of Justice, said the presidential pardon would allow 2500 prisoners to be released and (...)