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Monday 27 March 2017

Green Party has filed a lawsuit regarding the non-respect of French language

Green Party has filed a lawsuit regarding the non-respect of French language
(Rwanda News Agency 12/10/14)

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has filed a lawsuit to the Supreme Court, regarding the non-respect of French language, as stipulated in Article 5 of the Rwandan Constitution.

Article five of the constitution stipulates that Rwanda uses three official languages: Kinyarwanda, French and English.

“However, many Government institutions such as the National Bank of Rwanda, Rwanda Revenue Authority, National ID Project and many others, have opted to either use English alone or with Kinyarwanda, and deliberately left out French, yet, majority of Rwandans use French Language”, said Green Party in a statement.

Green Party finds this behaviour a hindrance to the national unity and reconciliation process, since it leaves many people unhappy and unable to achieve their legal rights as stipulated in Article 16 of the Rwandan Constitution, which states that: ‘All human beings are equal before the law. They shall enjoy, without any discrimination, equal protection of the Law’.

Green Party believes that Rwanda’s Supreme Court, which also constitutes itself into the Constitutional Court, will take a serious consideration of this law-suit and take a decision which will protect the Rwandan Constitution.

Green Party was officially launched on 14th August 2009 as an opposition party. It got official registration on 9th August 2013 and accepted as a member of the National Consultative Forum of Political Organisations in Rwanda on 3rd April 2014.

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