The election of the president of the National Human Rights Commission, Zainabu Kayitesi, to the vice chair of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, was good news but not a surprise at all.
It was not surprising considering the giant steps our country has taken in advancing human rights issues since the fall of the genocidal regime in 1994, and how the National human Rights Commission has actively taken part in the process to restore meaning to people’s fundamental rights.
In addition, Ms Kayitesi’s rich experience in handling human rights issues as well as her extensive understanding of the workings of governments will help the continental rights body deliver on its mandate.
Indeed her election is yet another proof that, contrary to some individual’s wish, Rwanda is increasing highly regarded on the international arena, on so many issues, including matters of human rights. Looking back at our country’s experience over the past 17 years, we have a lot to share with our African brothers and sisters in respect to human rights, as much as we have done in the areas of peacekeeping, reconciliation, result-oriented development, fighting corruption, among others.
I wish Ms Kayitesi every success in her new responsibilities.