Nicki Minaj is set to headline the Show Unitel Boas Festas, a Christmas festival scheduled for Saturday in Luanda, Angola. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been the president of Angola for over 30 years and has faced tons of controversy during his time in office.
The African nation and its leader have often been accused of violating the basic rights of anyone who speaks out against government oppression and intimidation. Police have been accused of using excessive force to make arbitrary arrests.
Thor Halvorssen, head of Human Rights Foundation, asks the rapper to cancel her scheduled appearance. Halvorssen also published the letter on his organization’s website.
The letter accuses the president’s billionaire daughter of being the beneficiary of the “blood diamond” trade in Angola, and notes that the dos Santos family’s human-rights crimes have been documented by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House and the Committee to Protect Journalists. The letter touches on Angolan hip-hop artist Luaty Beirao. She was arrested in June after attending a meeting to discuss democracy and non-violence, and that there is a trial underway against him and 16 others who attended the meeting.
Halvorssen is famously known for using balloons to airlift thousands of copies of The Interview into North Korea to embarrass Kim Jong Un. Over his decades of activism, in the past, Halvorssen has blasted Jenifer Lopez, Hilary Swank and Mariah Carey for their involvement with notorious dictators.
Read the letter in its entirety here.
Source: Human Rights Foundation