“(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) – Geneva, 26 January 2011 – Rwanda became the 146 UN member state to be appraised under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, at the 10th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The review brought to the fore details of violations of the right to freedom of expression and attempts by the state delegation to justify its clampdown on independent media, political opponents and human rights defenders.

ARTICLE 19’s submission to the HRC in July 2010 highlighted three areas of concern which were reflected in the review. These include (1) limits on freedom of expression through restrictive media law and criminal defamation; (2) harassment and attacks on journalists; (3) genocide ideology legislation.”