Rwanda has begun a week of mourning for the victims of the 1994 genocide in which hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

Rwandan has been praised for the progress in the country's human rights situation in a special report by UN Special Rapporteur Michel Moussalli, although much still remained to improve. A representative of Rwanda admitted, "that not all is perfect", but over the last three years human rights had improved notably and "where small problems remain, solutions are being sought."

Rwanda: Decision Point Document for the Enhanced Initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) December 11, 2000.

Rwanda has accused its opponents in the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo of not withdrawing in line with a U.N. disengagement plan, dismissing U.N. statements that withdrawals are on schedule.

Hundreds of thousands of Rwandans voted for local officials in nationwide balloting last week, but the election was flawed as many voters had no meaningful choice at the polls, says a rights watchdog.