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28 avr. 2019 | 05h13 UTC

Rwanda: Supreme court upholds law prohibiting insults to president

Rwanda Alerte de sécurité

Rwandan supreme court upholds ban on insulting the president; adhere to local customs and laws

TIMEFRAME expected from 28/4/2019, 12h00 until 26/5/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Kigali). COUNTRY/REGION Rwanda


The Supreme Court of Rwanda ruled to uphold a law on Wednesday, April 24, that prohibits insulting the president of Rwanda. The law was passed last year and punishes those insulting the president by five to seven years in prison. The court, however, overturned a separate law that criminalized writing articles or drawing cartoons of members of parliament.      


Individuals in Rwanda are advised to respect local norms and culture, refrain from discussing politics in public or on social media, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.


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