Mrs. Annette Lantos
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice
Dear Mrs. Lantos :
As a constituent of your late husband, I am writing with pained chagrin to add my voice to hundreds of thousands of dissenting voices over your decision to recognize Paul Rusesabagina for having allegedly saved hundreds of people during the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi.
I dare say that Congressman Lantos, were he alive, would have taken time to listen to our cries. He was a careful and measured man, and he would have avoided adding injury to the wounds of millions of people who have been hurt by Rusesabagina’s denial of our genocide, and his continuing to sow seeds of discord in a healing Nation.
To deny one genocide, as Rusesabagina does, is to trivialize all genocides. To continue making a living and financial gains from our genocide is not only unconscionable but criminal. The Lantos Foundation should be the last organization to be affiliated with a man of questionable moral standing and a checkered past.
Where are all the people he saved ? How come he will NOT meet with a few survivors from Hotel Mille Collines who are anxious to reveal his machinations ?
I acknowledge your right to make the final decision on inviting Rusesabagina and bestowing upon him any awards you wish. But I implore you to live by the mission of the Lantos Foundation: to speak out against injustice and side with those who have been wronged. Congressman Lantos would not have done less.
In 1994 the world turned a blind eye as poor little Rwanda bled to death. Your act, by recognizing this fraud of a man is a continuation of the same injustice we suffered 17 years ago.
While I appreciate your right to accord anybody an award, I disagree with overlooking facts. In this instance you are according this man the Lantos recognition based on fabricated and distorted facts. Your late husband is turning in his grave for the injustice that is continuously being heaped upon the people of Rwanda.
May you find the heart to correct this injustice. May your husband’s legacy awaken you to our tears and pain. This latest blow to our soul is the last straw, and an insult to the millions that perished in 1994.
Please do the right thing.