Rwanda

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Specific laws

Specific law enacted Yes

Specific law criminalising HIV non disclosure, exposure, or transmission: No

Prosecuted using non-HIV specific laws: No

Prosecuted using both specific and non specific laws: No

Is non-disclosure actionable: No

Is exposure actionable: No

Is transmission actionable: Yes

Laws

Applicable laws

Law N°……… of………… on Prevention and Punishment of Gender-based Violence (Awaiting publication in official gazette.)

Applicable key wording

Article 30: Penalty for intentionally transmitting a terminal disease
Any person guilty of intentionally transmitting a terminal disease to someone else shall be liable to life imprisonment.

Discussion

From the information received from UNAIDS, it appears that no one has yet been prosecuted for transmitting HIV to another person in Rwanda.  However, a new law, soon to be enacted on the prevention of gender-based violence, has a provision which allows for a person to be prosecuted for intentionally transmitting a terminal disease.

Further reading

General articles on HIV and the law in Africa

Information can also be found on the aidsportal for Rwanda 

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Last reviewed 01 June 2017