Paul Rusesabagina, author of “An Ordinary Man,” the memoir that became the film Hotel Rwanda, will speak at William Mitchell College of Law from 1 to 3 pm Monday, Nov. 28. His speech, “Human Rights, Democracy, and Dictatorship: The Rwanda Experience,” is free and open to the public.
Rusesabagina, who was portrayed by Academy Award nominated actor Don
Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda,” is the former manager of the Hotel des
Mille Collines in Kigali, where he risked his life to shelter both
Tutsis and Hutus who sought refuge from the Rwanda Genocide that killed
hundreds of thousands of Rwandan people in 1994.
He was invited to speak by William Mitchell Professor Peter Erlinder,
director of the International Humanitarian Law Institute, international
criminal defense attorney, and former defense attorney at the
International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR). During his years at
the ICTR, Professor Erlinder studied thousands of documents and witness
testimonies as to how Rwanda’s tragedy unfolded, which are now compiled
in his Rwanda Documents Project.
Rusesabagina is currently the president of the Hotel Rwanda
Rusesabagina Foundation. He tours the world speaking about social
justice, human rights activism, and the ongoing East African conflict
consequent to the Rwanda Genocide, which has cost millions more African
lives, most of all in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Learn more about the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation.
Learn more about the International Humanitarian Law Institute.
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