Pop star Nicki Minaj has always been a controversial figure for the content of her performances in live arenas and videos, but recently her choice of venue has caused muchmr oe offence. Minaj has accepted an invitation and a reportedly large pay check for a performance in Angola sponsored by the controversial Unitel Group. The Human Rights Foundation has detailed the many reasons why Minaj and fellow performer Gilbert Arenas should cancel their performances at the Christmas Festival in the African nation. Unitel is owned by the Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who has been classified by human rights groups as a dictator.
The Human Rights Foundation founder Thor Halvorssen has been a major force in the world of advocacy for individual rights ever since his family was affected by government interference in their lives. The Venezuelan film producer has seen his mother and father affected by government agents inflicting personal damage on them. Halvorssen has since headed up and worked for a number of different human rights organizations, which have taken him around the world on a personal mission to protect the human rights of individuals and groups.
Thor Halvorssen has been active in the world of human rights afvocacy for a number of years and got his start in this form of work fighting the regime of South Africa in the 1980s. Over the course of his career as a hunman rights advocate Thor Halvorssen has worked for a number of major charities before eventually forming the Human Rights Foundation in 2005.
In an open letter to Nicki Minaj Thor Halvorssen has detailed the major reasons why Minaj and Arenas should not attend the Christmas Festival sponsored by Unitel. The Angolan Presidency has been controled by the Dos Santos family for a number of years and Halvorssen believes the family have created a vast fortune based upon their control of the diamonds and oil of Angola. Halvorssen details his belief the Dos Santos family fortune is based upon illegal practices and the performance by NIcki Minaj should not go ahead.