Since it first became a member of the Council in 2017, Rwanda has in the absence of consensus: voted in favour of a number of item 4 resolutions (situations that require the Council’s attention) on the situations in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the Islamic Republic of Iran; and abstained on the item 4 resolution on Belarus. For item 7 resolutions (human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) Rwanda has abstained during the vote on all texts, except for the resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Rwanda voted in favour of this text. On item 10 resolutions (capacity-building), Rwanda always joined consensus or voted in favour (Cooperation with and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights), with the exception of the resolution on cooperation with Georgia on which Rwanda abstained.
For thematic resolutions dealing with civil and political rights, Rwanda has generally joined consensus. Where there has been a vote it has voted in favour, namely on Egypt’s resolution on the effect of terrorism on human rights, and the Cuban resolution on right to peace.
For thematic resolutions focusing on economic, social and cultural rights, Rwanda has joined consensus on the majority of texts. In absence of consensus, it has voted in favour of such texts, including for those resolutions dealing with: the effects of foreign debt (Cuba); unilateral coercive measures (NAM); the contribution of development to the enjoyment of all human rights (China); protection of the family (Egypt, Russian Federation); international solidarity (Cuba); the non-repatriation of illicit funds (African Group); and international cooperation (NAM).