The training that took place in Huye District on Tuesday was organized as a follow up of the findings of a report by iPeace showing that land issues, child protection and family disputes are the top three issues that Rwandans in these five districts face.
Speaking on behalf of Huye District mayor, the advisor to the mayor, Joseph Kagabo commended iPeace’s legal aid to population saying that access to justice is fundamental for the protection of citizens’ rights.
“That is one of the top items on the agenda of the District. I would like to request participants to take advantage of the training provided and to use the knowledge and skills in preventing disputes not only in families but also in neighbors” he said
The Country Director of iPeacePaulinMuhozi, commended HuyeDistrict and other to facilitateiPeace’sprogramme in providing the legal support to the people.
He emphasized that it is this kind of support that allowed iPeace to complete more than 82% of all cases they handled.
He also added that iPeace is discussing with Northern Province districts to expand their programmes from there.
"I am very happy to take part to this training. I was not aware about many things in the new family Law. For instance, I did not know that the law compels people to declare the deaths of their relatives. This is something that I will have to tell people in my village," said Nyiranzeyimana, one of the participants
For Uwizeyimana, it was amazing to see how the government of Rwanda protects children’s rights.
“I wish such trainings were offered regularly at the grassroots level to inform the whole Rwandan community about some key provisions protecting the child such as the prohibition to give to a child a name bearing characteristics that dishonor him/her such as abuse, immorality, ridiculing or slandering” she said
Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace) is a Rwanda-based organization that strives the enhance the culture of peace in the Great Lakes region through human rights and good governance education.