Rwanda

Nuclear-weapon free state

Did not participate in TPNW negotiations

Has not yet joined TPNW

Rwanda has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Rwanda did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

Rwanda abstained from voting on a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”. It had voted in favour of the same resolution in 2018.

In 2016, Rwanda was absent for the vote on the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence the negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

Rwanda is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

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