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A daughter's appeal for help

 To His Royal Highness Prince Charles, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and all leaders and officials attending the CHOGM:

As citizens from the UK and around the world we call on you to stand up for human rights at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali. You have the chance to do so by calling for the release of Paul Rusesabagina, as well as the release of all political prisoners in Rwanda. We call on UK leaders to take all necessary steps to stop the appalling plans to offshore vulnerable refugees to Rwanda. We count on all of you to use your power to protect those in need.

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A daughter's appeal for help
5 minutes. That is all I get to talk to my dad every week.

My father Paul Rusesabagina is a hero – in 1994, he saved over 1000 people from the genocide in Rwanda. His story was immortalised in the film "Hotel Rwanda", but because he spoke out against the government, he was abducted and is now languishing in prison in Kigali.

It took a lot of noise from me and my siblings to win just five minutes of phone time so we can know he's still breathing. Powerful people have told us to be quiet. But I am asking you to join your voices to mine to stand up for my father, and for human rights.

Next week, the spotlight will be on Rwanda which is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a moment President Kagame has been working towards for years. Leaders he cares about will be there. Even Prince Charles, who just called the UK's plans to offshore refugees to Rwanda 'appalling' and is expected to be asked about my dad, too. The US already determined my dad was wrongfully detained, now other countries and leaders must follow, and this is our chance to turn the spotlight from Kagame’s squeaky clean PR operation to…his country’s human rights record. Sign my call and share widely!

Carine Kanimba, daughter of Paul Rusesabagina

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