Source: Human Rights Watch
The Human Rights Watch recently released a report on Rwanda, detailing the treatment of the poor in its capital, Kigali. Since 2011, Rwandan officials have been detaining sex workers, beggars, and the poorest, more vulnerable people living near Kigali. The detainees have been forced to clean up the capital without payment, and have been kept confined in horrendous living conditions in a place called Gikondo. The detainees are also cruelly punished and endure beatings and other forms of humiliation.
Evidently, there is a lot of power corruption here. The clean image of Kigali is kept up literally off of the blood and toil of the poor. Rwanda's government is unjustly abusing the rights of the poor to portray a good image. Rwanda, however, is playing it off as rehabilitation and assistance to the poor.
On the Human Rights Watch page, they say a lot of "shoulds" regarding action. Yes, Rwanda should investigate the misconduct of the police supervising Gikondo, as well as the abuse of human rights on Rwanda's part. I am not sure if this means that the Humans Rights Watch will take action...
Anyways, I would like to pose a few questions and considerations. Since the Rwandan genocide (which I'm sure the after effects are still reverberating today), the President, Paul Kagame, has greatly improved Rwanda's economy. However, I'm wondering if this is spun, because the lives of the poor don't seem to be all that great. What do you think should be done? What are your thoughts? And universally, how can we protect the poor and the marginalized from those who abuse their powers?