December 20, 2013 11:44

Mariah Carey criticised by human rights campaigners for Angola gig

The singer was reportedly paid $1 million for the concert

Mariah Carey criticised by human rights campaigners for Angola gig

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Mariah Carey has come under fire from human rights campaigners after playing a gig in Angola.

The singer performed a two-hour concert on Sunday (December 15) at a gala for the Angolan Red Cross that was sponsored by mobile phone company Unitel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Unitel is owned by the daughter of the nation's president José Eduardo dos Santos, who has reportedly ordered the deaths of numerous politicians, journalists and activists who oppose him.

"Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million this time," Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen said in a statement. "Just five years ago she performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Now, she goes from private performances to public displays of support and credibility for one of Africa’s chief human rights violators and most corrupt tyrants. It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that has amassed billions in ill-gotten wealth while the majority of Angola lives on less than $2 a day."

Carey is just one of a number of artists who have been accused of playing private gigs for corrupt politicians. Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, and Beyonce have all been criticised for similar appearances.

In other Mariah Carey news, the singer's track 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' has reached the one million sales mark in the UK 20 years after its original release. According to the Official Charts Company, 68,000 copies of the track have been sold in 2013. It has generated an estimated $50 million in royalties globally since it first appeared on the singer's festive album 'Merry Christmas'.

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