USA-RWANDA: OPEN LETTER TO ANN M. FIELDS, PRESIDENT OF WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY
Washington DC, April 27, 2012.
201 Trueblood Avenue
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
Paul Kagame’s invitation to speak at William Penn University 2012 Commencement.
While we praise William Penn University for entering a cooperative agreement
with the Rwandan Ministry of Education to help Rwanda educate its citizens, we cannot help but
regret the University leadership's mistake to invite President Kagame to come
and address William Penn University graduating class of 2012, ignoring his
worldwide reputation as a human rights outcast.
is ironic at best that William Penn University leadership is also planning
to bestow the honor of Doctor Honoris Causa in Humane Letters on that same
man who has shined from his cruelty, his mockery of human rights and his mass
murdering record, not only against his own people but also across the borders
in the Democratic Republic the Congo (DRC). Beside his well documented mass
murdering record before, during and after the Rwandan genocide of 1994
(Gersony report1, Garreton report2, and others),
Kagame is also credited to have exterminated more than 200,000 unarmed Rwandan
refugees in DRC, mostly women, children, the sick and the elderly. He
invaded DRC more than three times with the help of his co-conspirator,
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, and caused the death of over 5
million Congolese citizens in a killing spree that is extensively
documented and classified by the UN Mapping Report3 as a possible genocide pending the
ad-hoc confirmation in the court of law.
For these reasons and for many others for which we don't have neither the room
nor the time to report here, we respectfully request that President Kagame's
inhumane record be kept out of William Penn University's graduation ceremonies
and that such a record be kept out of the University’s reputable Alumni
membership, especially the one in Humane Letters, an area that is contrary
to Kagame’s record as a renowned inhumane tyrannical leader.
understanding and your proper action in this matter will save William Penn University, its faculty and its student body from
the embarrassment of associating with one of the most notorious human rights
abuser and mass murderer of the 21st century.
Theophile Murayi, FDU-Inkingi/USA: 443-980-4676
Providence Rubingisa, RNC-Ihuriro/USA: 630-401-4719
Celestin Muhindura, IDD/USA: 682-203-7948
Mr. Steven Noah, Vice President for Advancement,
William Penn University, Marketing Media Director
Gersony Report to the UNHCR, December 03, 2007.
UN Report by Roberto Garreton,
Mapping Report on Human Rights Abuse in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo, 1993-2003