Kennedy Gihana & Others v. Republic of Rwanda, Application No 017/2015

Published: 28/Nov/2019
Source: African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights

Case summary (extract)

3. The Applicants alleges that, their passports, as well as those of other Rwandan nationals, were unilaterally and without notice declared invalid by the Government of Rwanda.

4. The Applicants alleges that, the invalidation of their passports came to light after one of the Applicants was informed, on applying for a visa to the United States of America that his name appeared on the list prepared by the Rwandan Government indicating invalidity of the passports of all those people whose names appeared on the list.

5. They also claim that, none of the people whose passport were declared invalid was given an opportunity to appeal or defend the decision and none of them were informed of the decision.

Findings from judgment (extract):

v. Finds that the alleged violations of the right to liberty, the right to work and the right to family life under Articles 6, 15 and 18(2) of the Charter, respectively, have not been established;

vi. Finds that the Respondent State has violated the right to freedom of movement under Article 12(2) of the Charter and the right to political participation under Article 13(1) of the Charter as a consequence of arbitrarily revoking the Applicants’ passports.

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  1. Case Summary (English)
  2. Judgment summary (28th November 2019) (English)
  3. Judgment (28th November 2019) – English; French 
Themes: African standards, ID Documents and Passports, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Rwanda, Pan Africa
Year: 2019