Breaking: Paul Rusesabagina sentenced and a Uyghur update

We knew it would happen and now it has.

On Monday, a Rwandan court found Paul Rusesabagina guilty and sentenced him to 25 years in prison. Rusesabagina is not a terrorist, he is a political prisoner. The American Bar Association and the Clooney Foundation has detailed the unfairness of Paul’s trial and called into question the court’s verdict.

Paul Rusesbagina is a Belgian citizen, permanent U.S. resident, and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. If he is not safe, then who is? If Rwandan President Paul Kagame can kidnap him with impunity, he can target any of his political critics.

Would you sign – and share widely – our petition urging U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to help bring Paul Rusesabagina home?

Earlier this year, the National Basketball Association (NBA) launched the Basketball African League (BAL) in Kigali, Rwanda. This is unacceptable given Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s awful human rights record.

Tell the National Basketball Association to call for the release of Paul Rusesabagina.

For More Information About Paul Rusesabagina and the Situation:

  • To learn more about Paul Rusesabagina, visit the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation
  • To read the American Bar Association/Clooney Foundation report on the trial, click here.
  • Foreign Policy published an article (January 23, 2021) click here

Call out fashion brands for supporting genocide.

The fashion industry remains complicit in the forced labor of Uyghurs in China. That is why we joined with the Campaign for Uyghurs, Freedom United, Jewish Movement for Uyghur Freedom, SumOfUs, and Uyghur Human Rights Project in New York last week to stand with the Uyghurs. Despite the rain, we were joined by activists from around the nation to show our support.

The U.S. Senate passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act but the House of Representatives has not.

If you are in the United States, click on this link to tell your U.S. representative to co-sponsor the Uyghur Forced Labor Act.

You can also sign our petitions to stop companies from profiting from Uyghur forced labor in China.

Check out this link to “8 things you can do to help Uyghurs in a time of genocide” by the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a coalition partner of No Business With Genocide.

Your actions make the difference.  Through signing our petitions, contacting your elected officials, and sharing your actions with your friends, we are building together a movement to end genocide worldwide.

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