Fred Nkusi

EU top court raises the bar for data privacy protection

Recently, the EU top court, known as the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), delivered its ruling invalidating the ‘EU-US Privacy Shield’ that it doesn’t offer sufficient protection of data transferred by the social media company to servers in the United States. A...

Monday, September 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Unconstitutional change of gov’t should be a bygone era

Last week, Malian soldiers started mutiny, which took control of the Kati military camp and eventually overthrew the legitimate government. When the mutinous soldiers reached the capital Bamako last Tuesday, they were received with a resounding welcome. Later, thousands gathered in Bamako’...

Monday, August 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Should electronic auctioning system be secured?

Finally, on 5 August 2020, the long-awaited electronic auctioning system [https://cyamunara.gov.rw/auction/] was launched by the Ministry of Justice.   As noted by the Ministry, the digital bidding platform aims at making the enforcement of orders more efficient and transparent...

Monday, August 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why the rise of cybercrime in coronavirus pandemic?

Kigali – According to last week’s tweet from Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), on statistics of cybercrimes, cybercrimes increased by 72 per cent during theCovid-19 lockdown imposed countrywide. As a result, a considerable amount of money was stolen by cybercriminals. Of course, they...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 6:00 AM

Data protection and encryption in the times of Covid-19

Encryption is the process of scrambling or enciphering data so it can be read-only by someone with the means to return it to its original state.  It is what makes data secure. It is commonly used to protect both data stored on computer systems (data-at-rest), and data transmitted via...

Monday, July 27, 2020, 10:16 AM

What’s expected of an independent review of WHO?

Following the pressure from countries, especially the United States, that the World Health Organization (WHO) has not done enough to contain the coronavirus, member states of the WHO, last month, agreed to set up an independent review into the global response to the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Monday, June 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Murder of George Floyd affirms systemic racism in U.S

Unaddressed systemic racism remains the most serious issue in the United States today. And it has been so since before the founding of our nation. So the killing of African-American George Floyd by a police officer was not an isolated incident. In the past, similar killings occurred to...

Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Can Trump unilaterally withdraw the US from the WHO?

In a letter tweeted out on May 18, US President Donald Trump mentioned his suspension of U.S. contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO). The letter also noted a 30-day deadline for the body to commit to substantive improvements or risk losing millions and US membership altogether....

Monday, June 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

New legal rules address auction-related pressing issues

Like any technologically dynamic society, the use of electronic means in various aspects of life has turned out to be a fact of life. Recently, there has been a growing clamour by the public to introduce the use of electronic auction (e-auction) of properties that are often sold to recover payments...

Monday, June 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

Arrest of Félicien Kabuga signifies imprescriptibility of international crimes

Felicien Kabuga was arrested in France on 16 May 2020, after evading justice for 26 years. He is charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, attempt to commit genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity (persecution...

Monday, May 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

USA and WHO are worlds apart over coronavirus

Last Friday, May 8, the USA blocked a vote on a UN Security Council resolution calling for a global ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic, because the Trump administration objected to an indirect reference to the World Health Organization (WHO). Over the past couple of days, the UN...

Monday, May 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Loosening lockdowns is imperative

As many governments across the globe have eased lockdown measures, Rwanda, too, has today loosened the lockdown to reopen public and private businesses. The decision was taken on 30 April 2020, effective today 4 May 2020. Nevertheless, the decision noted that the fight against the coronavirus...

Monday, May 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

The basis of the duty to cooperate in the disease outbreak

The unprecedented effects of COVID-19 have stirred up international cooperation and commitment among different States to fight the pandemic and combat its socio-economic impacts. Every nation is undoubtedly joining this chorus. For example, on 2-3 April 2020, the UN General Assembly, in its...

Monday, April 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

The legal implications of US withdrawal of funding to WHO

Last week US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) citing the body’s “failure of its basic duty’ in the response to the coronavirus outbreak. He accused the UN agency of mishandling and covering up the initial...

Monday, April 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Is COVID-19 a threat to international peace and security?

During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the UN Security Council in Resolution 2177 (2015) determined that: “the unprecedented extent of the Ebola outbreak in Africa constitutes a threat to international peace and security”. For the first time, the Security Council had...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Lockdown is central to the right to life

Nearly all countries across the world have taken lockdown measures to fight the highly contagious COVID-19. This proves that no single country is immune to the coronavirus. As such, countries have taken lockdown measures to prevent and halt the spread of this pernicious virus to save lives of...

Monday, April 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

Gross misconduct gap in labour law is over

The existing law on labour, technically referred to as law n° 66/2018 of 30/08/2018 regulating labour in Rwanda, prescribes gross misconduct as a ground for termination of employment contract without prior notice. Article 26 of the Labour law states that: “the employer terminates...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why force majeure is relevant to measures against coronavirus

Globally, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths increases every single day. The coronavirus outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on January 30, 2020 which, according to the 2005...

Monday, March 23, 2020, 10:33 AM

Why the Financial Intelligence Centre was set up

Rwanda, like the majority of the countries, has enacted a new law n° 74/2019 of 29/01/2020 establishing the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) to counter money-laundering, the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as related crimes. The Financial...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

New law punishing money-laundering is a welcome tool

Today, money-laundering is a global problem. Measuring its impact is tough, as it takes place behind the scenes and is apparently victimless crime. Yet the damage it does can be devastating to the financial sector and to the country’s economy at large. It affects both developed and...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 1:09 AM

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