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I. Please read and heed this call from Stanford students:
Tomorrow, Friday, April 25, Rwandan President Paul Kagame will speak at the Stanford Graduate School of Business from 12-1 p.m. in CEMEX Auditorium. See event details here.
Stanford STAND recognizes the importance of marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and acknowledges the efforts Kagame’s administration has made to promote public health, economic growth and stability in the aftermath of such a crisis.
However, the Stanford community should not be uncritical of Kagame’s record of grave human rights violations, both in Eastern Congo and in Rwanda. Please join STAND as we work to raise awareness about this oft-overlooked dimension of Kagame and the Rwandan government and take action in solidarity with the people of Eastern Congo.
Here’s how you can take action:
1. Raise awareness at the event: Meet at CEMEX Auditorium at 11 a.m. this Friday, April 25, to join STAND members as we distribute informational flyers detailing Kagame’s war crimes and human rights violations. This will be a peaceful and respectful demonstration of solidarity and awareness raising. Please wear business casual.
2. Tweet your concerns: Please tweet the following messages to help spread the word about why you are dismayed by Kagame’s visit. Make sure to follow@standstanford.
· @Stanford should not invite @PaulKagame to speak on campus without conditions of improvements on human rights. #DRC #Rwanda#ShameOnStanford
· @Saloner and @StanfordBiz should not invite @PaulKagame to speak w/o conditions to improve on human rights. #DRC #Rwanda#ShameOnStanford
3. Email or call the organizers: Please copy and paste, customize and send the following email to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Dear President Hennessy (650-723-2481), Garth Saloner (650-723-1940) and Maria Jenson (650-723-4201),
I’m sending this email to express my disappointment, dismay and outrage at Stanford University, the Graduate School of Business, and the Center for Global Business and the Economy for hosting and collaborating with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. President Kagame stands accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide crimes in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Please rescind his invitation as soon as possible, and support democracy and human rights in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.