In an interview with French TV broadcaster, France24, Rwandan president, Paul Kagame has termed criticisms of his country’s human rights record as “rubbish” and “ridiculous”.
Kagame said compared to what it was 25 years ago, Rwanda is now a different country.
He challenged the host of the program to look at what he called Europe’s failing human rights record, particularly the way migrants have been treated.
“[Europe] is violating people’s rights, with this problem of people being bundled and sent back to sink in the Mediterranean and so many being mistreated in your own country”, he said.
He further added that criticisms from the West were tinged with a superiority complex:
“You really need to stop this superiority complex nonsense about human rights.
“You think you are the only ones who respect human rights, all others are about violating human rights. No, we’ve fought for human rights and freedoms for our people much better [than] you people who keep talking about this nonsense.”
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