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Hotel Rwanda Hero Kidnapped by the Rwandan Government to Face a Corrupt Trial.

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The Case

Paul Rusesabagina is an internationally beloved humanitarian hero. His incredible story of saving 1,268 by providing them shelter at the Hôtel des Milles Collines during the Rwandan Genocide was depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda. Since the genocide, Paul has been a tireless advocate for human rights, freedom, and democracy across the world. He has won numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the United States – the nation’s highest civilian honor. He speaks out against authoritarian tactics and fights for global justice, even in the face of threats to his life. In particular, he is a frequent critic of the political abuses and human rights violations of the post-genocide Rwandan government under President Paul Kagame, who has been in power for two decades.

Just under two months ago, Paul was traveling to deliver a speech on human rights in Burundi. While transiting in Dubai, he was taken to a private jet, restrained, and forcibly disappeared to Rwanda. Paul was abducted by his birth country’s government because he dared to speak up against its iron-fisted rule. He could not contact his family for 10 days, was forced to use government-appointed lawyers for 40 days, and is still not allowed to be represented by his international lawyers. He has been denied medical bail, despite chronic health conditions associated with remission from cancer and hypertension. The New York Times wrote that he appears to be speaking under duress during interviews, unable to explain details of his circumstances out of fear of punishment.

Paul’s kidnapping, restricted legal advice, and treatment are blatantly illegal under international law. He faces an unfair trial against a government that has already publicly asserted his guilt. This has triggered an outcry by non-profits and NGOs around the world, from the American Bar Association to the Clooney Foundation for Justice, and from the Red Cross to Amnesty International. What Paul needs most now is financial support for legal fees as his team fights to free him. He did not profit from the film Hotel Rwanda and legal defense costs are extremely expensive.

Your Donation

Funds donated will be directed to the Paul Rusesabagina Legal Defense Fund and will fund legal expenses for Paul and security measures for his family in the United States, who have been subject to credible threats.

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  • 28 August 2020

    Abducted From Dubai And Forcibly Taken To Rwanda

    Paul Rusesabagina was kidnapped in Dubai while traveling to speak to church groups in Burundi. He was not extradited, the UAE and Belgium were not involved. He was forcibly disappeared and taken on a private charter to Rwanda. During those days, he was blindfolded, handcuffed, and had his legs tied. Paul’s team believed that he was tortured during these days. Based on pictures in the press and his behavior in subsequent appearances, they fear that the torture and other maltreatment has continued.

  • 31 August 2020

    Initial Detention & Contact Deprivation

    Rusesabagina was held in a jail in Kigali and deprived of any contact with his family for 10 days, except for media visits, which were all monitored heavily by Rwandan authorities.

  • 4 September 2020

    Denied Access To Lawyers

    Rwandan authorities force Rusesabagina to use government-appointed representation.

  • 7 September 2020

    First International Complaint Placed

    Urgent complaint filed to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Read the complaint.

  • 10 September 2020

    Human Rights Watch Issues Statement On Rusesabagina Kidnapping

    Read the statement.

  • 14 September 2020

    Amnesty International Issues Report On Rusesabagina’s Detention

    Read the report.

  • 16 September 2020

    Organizations Pledge to Monitor Trial

    The Clooney Foundation for Justice and and the American Bar Association pledge to monitor Paul’s trial. Read the pledge.

  • 17 September 2020

    Denied Medical Bail And Sentenced To Further Detention

    Despite chronic medical condititions, Rusesabagina is required to remain in detention and is disallowed from seeking adequate medical help.

  • 18 September 2020

    New York Times Releases Expose

    “How The Hero Of Hotel Rwanda Fell Into A Vengeful Strongman’s Trap” is published in the New York Times, detailing the duress Rusesabagina has been placed under in participating in interviews. Read the article.

  • 1 October 2020

    Family and Legal Team Hold Press Conference

    Rusesabagina’s family and legal team briefs the media and supporters on updates, joined by former congressman Patrick Kennedy.

  • 27 October 2020

    Complaint Filed To The East African Court Of Justice

    The complaint details the illegal kidnapping of Rusesabagina and the unjust proceedings surrounding his trial, asking for his immediate release.

  • 20 November 2020

    Paul Appeals Extension of Detention

    Paul is appealing the 30-day extension of his detention. He appeared before the Nyarugenge Intermediate Court today, virtually, to request an extension to be able to meet in person with his lawyer to discuss his case. This extension was granted until Friday 27 November, 9am.

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