Rwandan President Wants Tougher Measures for Gender-Based Crimes

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has called on all stakeholders in the justice sector to pool their efforts and find a lasting solution to the rising crimes related to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country. Kagame called for tougher punishment to send a warning to those who rape women and children and impregnate teenage girls.

These remarks were made during the ceremony to launch the 2021/2021 judicial year that was held at parliament where he addressed a cross section of senior officials from civilian and military courts as well as high-ranking government officials and diplomats. "The authors of these crimes, their accomplices and those that protect them should face tough punishment," he said.


President Paul Kagame, flanked by Donatille Mukabalisa, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, right, nd Chief Justice Faustin Ntezilyayo, pose with some members of the legal fraternity at the Parliamentary Buildings in Kimihurura on September 6, shortly after the ceremony to launch the 2021/22 judicial year.

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