Murungi, a highly accomplished individual recently appointed by the cabinet, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this important position.
With a Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of Quebec in Canada and prior experience as an employee of the Ministry of Justice, he is well-prepared to take on the leadership of this vital institution. His commitment to upholding human rights principles with diligence and integrity was evident as he took the oath of office.
During his inauguration speech, Dr. Ntezilyayo underscored the pivotal role of the National Commission for Human Rights in safeguarding and advancing human rights within the nation. He emphasized, "The Human Rights Commission is entrusted with the overarching responsibility of promoting and safeguarding human rights. It plays a critical role in ensuring the respect of human rights."
Murungi expressed her unwavering dedication to advancing human rights and stressed that it is the Commission’s responsibility to advocate for the protection of human rights and address any deficiencies in this regard. He further stated, "I am committed to ensuring that the level of respect for human rights in the country continues to progress. All these are within the purview of the Commission, and I will steadfastly follow this path."
Rwanda has frequently faced criticism from international organizations, including Human Rights Watch, over alleged human rights violations. Murungi acknowledged these concerns and affirmed the Commission’s role in providing a comprehensive assessment of the human rights situation in the country. He pledged to diligently compile reports that provide an accurate depiction of the human rights landscape in Rwanda, dispelling any misperceptions held by the international community.
She pointed out, "When it comes to these international organizations, the Commission holds a unique perspective. In that context, we have the ability to offer a truly authentic account of the human rights situation. This is our shared responsibility, and we will continue to fulfill it."
Murungi assumes the position formerly held by Marie Claire Mukasine, who has been appointed as Rwanda’s Ambassador to Japan. Mukasine’s predecessor, Ernest Rwamucyo, has been designated to represent Rwanda at the United Nations. With this change in leadership, the National Commission for Human Rights is well-positioned to carry on its vital mission of promoting and safeguarding human rights in Rwanda, collaborating closely with other justice system institutions to ensure the protection of human rights for all Rwandans.