An open letter to all Members of the Commonwealth of Nations

Dear Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.

We write to seek your support, and your action, to address an issue that is of profound importance to the international standing and reputation…

An open letter to President Paul Kagame

Photo credit © Hatim Kaghat

Dear President Kagame,

For too long now, we have been watching you break long-standing, thoroughly codified and well-understood international conventions for the behaviour of democratic nation states. There are many words that describe those who hold power for over two decades with supposed…

By Paul Blezard

Britney Spears and… Paul Rusesabagina?

Yes, it’s an eye-catching headline isn’t it?

Britney Spears supports the #FreeBritney movement. Credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images, Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

What on earth could the influential Grammy award-winning, singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, who inspired an explosion in teen pop in the late 1990’s, have in common with the Rwandan genocide survivor, who stood up…

By Paul Blezard

The ongoing case of Paul Rusesabagina raises some very worrying questions about the role, the administration and the effectiveness of The Commonwealth of Nations, especially when it concerns standing up to member states that contravene its core principles.

Commonwealth of Nations Flag

The globally recognised humanitarian, Rusesabagina was flown to Rwanda…

By Paul Blezard

There seems to be a contradiction, a huge chasm in fact, between how the international community responds to separate acts of aviation-based illegality. Here are two illustrations.

Flight One.

On the 23rd May 2021 Ryanair flight 4978, a Boeing 737, was diverted from its Athens to Vilnius…

By Paul Blezard

Rwanda presents well. The shop window it shows to the world is impressive, seductive even.

The land of a thousand hills is indeed glorious, welcoming and endlessly fascinating. “Look here,” it says. …


#FreeRusesabagina is fighting for the freedom of the international humanitarian activist Paul Rusesabagina.

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