Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Different for heterosexuals and homosexuals
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Have you been harassed or arrested in RWANDA because of your same-sex relationship?
Yes, it is against the law to be gay, lesbian or trans
Yes, but it is not against the law
Rev. J. Elie Gasana, Other Sheep Coordinator for Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo, hosted a one-day workshop in Gisenyi, Rwanda, on July 14. Other Sheep Executive Director Rev. Stephen Parelli offered two papers (in French) and Alfred Ssekabanja of Uganda Victim Support Organization was guest speaker.
11/08/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Rwanda is leading the progress on human rights for LGBTI persons in East Africa. Last year Rwanda eliminated the criminalisation provision from its draft code and recently signed two UN resolutions on sexual orientation and gender identity, only one of six African nations to do it. "The main reason is that Rwanda has a very strong historical memory of what discrimination can do to any particular group." >>>
ILGA organized the panel "The Growing Consensus: Towards the End of Criminalization and Human Rights Violations based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" at the 17th session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday 7 June 2011 at Palais des Nations, Geneva. Naome Ruzindana (Rwanda) is among the panelists. She presented her paper "The Great Lakes of Africa: Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and their Position Towards LGBTI Rights." >>>
16/12/2010 | Women's Project Coordinator - ILGA
In Africa, homosexuality is a taboo. Gay sex is a very sensitive and controversial issue and presents the black continent with one of the greatest moral, social, legal challenges and dilemmas in the 21st century. This is evident in the many myths and misconceptions about homosexuality in Africa. >>>
18/10/2010 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
A new research study titled Lived Realities of Open Lesbians living in Kigali has revealed that Rwandan lesbians are still harassed and stigmatised due to their sexual orientation, causing a “profound impact on their quality of life.” >>>
07/07/2010 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
While Rwanda prepares for the upcoming presidential elections to be held in August this year, concerns are mounting regarding the future of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) as arbitrary arrests of these groups continue to swoop the country.
A leaked position paper by the Forum of Born Again Churches of Rwanda
(FOBACOR), indicates a storm is brewing between the Church and the
State over the latter’s decision to decriminalize homosexuality/lesbianism.