[archives] ASF in Rwanda (1996-2012)
At the end of May 2012, Avocats Sans Frontières ended its permanent activities and direct operations in Rwanda after 16 years.
Since 1996, Avocats Sans Frontières has worked constantly alongside legal actors, actors from civil society and people seeking justice to help to improve access to fair, high-quality justice for all, mainly in partnership with the Rwandan Bar Association and civil society organisations.
Due to financial constraints, ASF has been forced to consider new approaches and review its structure in Rwanda in order to fulfil its role in the best possible way. However, this does not mark the end of ASF’s involvement in Rwanda, since a regional project to support human rights defenders was launched at the end of 2011, in partnership with the East Africa Law Society, run from Arusha and supported by a network of partners in Rwanda.
ASF hopes that the Rwandan Bar Association and civil society actors will continue to do all they can to ensure independent, fair and high-quality justice for all those who seek it, respecting the principles of impartiality and independence inherent in their role in society. ASF would like to thank the many partners who have supported its activities over the last 16 years: international sponsors, the Bar Association, the judicial authorities and civil society, not forgetting the staff on its teams.