The final week of May 2018 saw our Rwandan partner GNPDR, headed by Pius Nyakayiro, co-hosting an International Conference on Human Rights and Prison Reform in Kigali alongside NGO International CURE.
The conference explored reconciliation, restorative justice practices, alternatives to imprisonment, and other issues in the criminal justice context, while taking an up-close look at the Rwandan experience of post-genocide reconciliation, especially through the “Grass Courts.” In addition, delegates shared experiences and knowledge of recent advances and trends in the area of human rights and prison reform.
The schedule included plenary speakers and break-out groups, as well as visits to a Rwandan prison, to the genocide memorial in Kigali, and to a village of reconciliation to learn about the post-genocide reparations process.
The conference was attended by 80 delegates from 19 countries, including some from Europe, North America, and Asia as well as a number of African nations.
Speaking after the end of the Conference, Pius Nyakayiro said: ‘I am so pleased with the outcomes of the conference. Everyone seemed to get a lot from their time together, and the feedback from all was very positive. It is so good to share experiences with other countries, and to learn from each other, and I pray that much good will come from this conference in the areas of Human Rights and Prison Reform’.