Under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, Rwanda has become known for its rapid development and security gains since the devastating 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed. Despite international praise for Rwanda’s progress, however, some observers are concerned at restrictions on political and civil rights. The minority Tutsi community was targeted in the 1994 genocide, along with politically moderate members of the majority Hutu population. The largely Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which took power in 1994 after ending the genocide, has sought to improve health systems, reform the economy, and advance gender equality. Life expectancy and health indicators have shown marked progress, although challenges persist. Rwandan development programs have received substantial support from the United States and other donors.
Date of Report: July 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 2
Order Number: IF00038
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