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Parliamentary questions
12 June 2018
E-006934/2017
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini

The EU is closely following the human rights situation in Rwanda and is aware of the recent very serious allegations against the military. The EU will continue to raise the issue with the Rwandan government and will call upon the authorities to take all possible measures to investigate. Human rights issues are addressed on a regular basis in the EU's dialogue with Rwanda, in particular in the political dialogue conducted along the provisions of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement. Arbitrary detentions and use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in detention facilities are among the priority issues in the EU's Human Rights and Democracy Country Strategy for the period 2016-2020. The EU notes that Rwanda has accepted a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendation to ensure due process and conduct effective and objective investigations regarding cases of alleged arbitrary arrest and detention as well as accepted an UPR recommendation to implement the provisions of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

The EU is also concerned that the United Nations (UN) Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture had to suspend its visit in October citing obstructions imposed by authorities. The EU and its Member States are reaching out to Rwanda, encouraging it to pursue a dialogue with the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture that would enable it to resume and conclude its visit.

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