Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations has said that Rwanda is on track and heading in the right direction.
Speaking at recent UN Security Council Open Debate on Prevention and Resolution of Conflicts in the Great Lakes Region held on March 21 2016 in New York, the Ambassodor said that the economic achievements of President Kagame’s Rwanda are well known, and rightly celebrated.
For example, Rwanda’s Per capita income has doubled since the year 2000.
‘ ‘Rwanda’s advances on the Human Development Index are greater than any other country in the world over the last 25 years. It has become a leader in international peacekeeping – in numbers as well as in performance, with its forces admired for their bravery and their commitment to civilian protection.’’ She said.
She added: When one reflects on the horrors of the genocide that killed some 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu 22 years ago next month, one sees the epic scale of the achievements by President Kagame and by the Rwandan people. The results on the ground for ‘‘ Rwandans are remarkable.’’ She said Unfortunately, despite Rwanda’s progress on economic rights, on women’s rights – on so many development axes – its record on protecting and promoting civil and political rights is less impressive.
Ambassador Samantha pointed out that the United States remains deeply committed to partnership with Rwanda, but the continued absence of political space – the inability of individuals and journalists to discuss political affairs or report on issues of public concern – poses a serious risk to Rwanda’s future stability.
‘ ‘Rwanda can achieve lasting peace and prosperity through a government centered on the principle of democratic accountability, not centered on any one single individual.’’ She said.