20th anniversary of Rwandan Genocide commemorated by Paul Rusesabagina

  As the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide draws near, one of the event’s most well-known figures, Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” spoke at Rackham Auditorium to more than 700 people as part of the University’s commemoration of the ethnic cleansing. During his address, Rusesabagina outlined the history of the Rwandan Civil War, as well as its aftermath and lasting effects on the country and surrounding region. “I hope that the students and the whole world around the University, and all the people who…

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Please ignore Rwanda

  An Open Letter to the International Community:    Please ignore Rwanda.    Please ignore Rwanda. Parliamentary elections are coming up in Rwanda this September, and the world should ignore them. You read this correctly. I am not asking for election monitors, nor intervention, nor even international observers. We already know how these elections will turn out, so why bother? The Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) candidates will win an overwhelming majority, and the country will go on as it has since the genocide.   In 1994, I tried desperately to get…

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Lantos Foundation to Honor Rwandan Humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina

For Immediate Release October 6, 2011 2011 Lantos Prize to be awarded in November WASHINGTON, DC – The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice is proud to announce that Rwandan humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina will be the 2011 recipient of the Lantos Human Rights Prize. The formal presentation of the award will take place in Washington, DC on November 16th, 2011. Paul Rusesabagina is widely hailed as a hero of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. As a hotel manager during the time of the conflict, Rusesabagina was able to provide shelter…

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