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The Dilemma of Applied Reconciliation: The Rwandan Perspective

By Maria Mukuka On July 3rd, after a four hour drive out of Kigali, in the middle of a perfectly sunny Rwandan afternoon, Global Youth Connect’s Turikumwe human rights delegation … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can one compare Bosnia and Lebanon?

By Emily Walter ‘One morning we were drinking coffee and eating baklava with our neighbours. That same afternoon we were fleeing our homes, frantically gathering any valuable possessions and running … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

In separateness, a quiet anger grows

By Yumna Mohamed I come from an angry country. Like many of my fellow South Africans, this anger surprised me when it started to surface in the past five years … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The State of Human Rights in Sweden

By Jonatan Grinde (GYC Intern, Spring 2015) When I found out more about GYC’s Human Rights in the USA program, which focuses on transitional justice and human rights issues in … Continue reading

April 13, 2015

Nyange School and Human Rights

By Hannah Eddy, Harrison Spelman, and Jackson Tuyisenge The Turikumwe visited the Nyange Secondary School on Saturday January 3rd 2015 while en route to Kibuye District. Participants were fortunate enough … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anger in the Camp

By Alain Twagirayezu “The International Community has rejected us. I don’t even know where I can ask my questions any more.” – A refugee in KIZIBA refugee camp youth during … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Measure? Quantify?

By Suprita Datta (GYC Rwanda Jan 2015) Human rights, unlike other aspects of policy and politics, have impacts that can be measured and quantified. How many kids are receiving an … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Turikumwe!

By Nan Zhang (China) Rwanda, a country that I had never thought I would have an opportunity to go to, has become a turning point of my life. It was … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Caught in an Oppressive System

By Kevin Tang I ran up to Brookie Maxwell’s Gallery 138 in Chelsea for barely an hour with the GYC group, but during that time I was able to truly … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Miigwech Murakoze

By Jon Telch (GYC Rwanda 2013) I am a Canadian lobbyist. And every day I go to work, I think of Rwanda. A broad stroke paints lobbyists as former political … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Peak of the Mountain

By Jean Baptiste HARAGIRIYAREMYE It was on 16th June, 1976 when Soweto high school students took to the streets in a peaceful protest against the use of Afrikaans (a language … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bosnia is Rwanda. Rwanda is Bosnia.

By Maja Pecanac (Bosnian delegate to Rwanda) Everything I saw and experienced in Rwanda was garbled in my head. Genocide. Poverty. Reconciliation. Post-war development of the country. Progress. At one … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Words to GYC from UN High Commissioner

GYC had the chance to attend the NGO (civil society) meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on October 24, 2012, and to ask a question … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

It Depends Who You Talk To

Visit to Ministry of Justice, 21st August, 2012 Reported by: Raquelle Pasquel and Gloria IMANSIMWE The delegation’s visit to Rwanda’s Ministry of Justice provided essential information about the current judicial … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

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