First Advisor

Richard Aidoo


In the past two decades, Rwanda has been through major changes, from a conflict-ridden society with deep divisions between the two main ethnic groups–Hutus and Tutsis–to a case of impressive economic growth. Despite the progress, deep divisions and human rights issues exist. To avoid the recurrence of any conflict, both state and non-state actors are playing varied roles in a post-genocide Rwanda. Based on both primary and secondary sources, this article argues that in an era of globalization and postgenocide in Rwanda, non-state actors like international non-governmental organizations have the most impact in the preservation of human rights. So, in spite of the multiplicity of actors working to protect human life and property in Rwanda, and recovery from the effects of genocide, the character and mode of operation of these non-state actors put them ahead of other actors in the achievement of this goal.



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