Human trafficking suspects in Rwanda to be tried under public hearing

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 29 October 2019 at 05:33

The Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST) has announced that a study is to be made to assess the possibility of trying human trafficking suspects in public.

This was revealed yesterday by the Minister of State in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Evode Uwizeyimana during discussions with the Parliamentary Committee on National Unity, Human Rights and the Fight against Genocide.

They also discussed issues concerning children rights and prevention mechanisms and penalties for human trafficking.

MINIJUST received 42 human trafficking cases in 2017, 49 in 2018 and 38 in 2019.
The number of people whose cases were heard in villages where they allegedly cmmitted the crimes rose from 19 in 2018 to 25 in 2019.

Parliamentarian, Winifred Niyitegeka said “It is a good progress taking hearing of human trafficking cases to crime scenes. The hearing requires the presence of young people.”

She said that it will be a lesson for the rest of the youth and prevent them from yielding to temptations of promises for good jobs, foreign scholarships among others for soft life.

Minister Uwizeyimana assured the Ministry will assess the situation thoroughly.
“We are hopeful that all cases of human trafficking will be brought to public hearing. We will work on it,” he said.

Minister Uwizeyimana also said that this will help in raising awareness, to the population that have no knowledge about the tricks used by human traffickers.

The research conducted by Never Again Rwanda in July 2019 reported about 515 victims of human trafficking between 2017 and 2019 of whom 70 (13.6%) are Rwandans, 323(62.7%) are Burundians, 77(15%) being from Congo while about 45 (8.7%) are from other countries and females constitute 77.67%.

The Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST) has announced that a study is to be made to assess the possibility of trying human trafficking suspects in public.

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