Target: Central African Republic Prime Minister André Nzapayeké
Goal: Hold rebel militia accountable for slaughtering innocent civilians
In the Central African Republic, a landlocked country bordered by Sudan, Chad, South Sudan, Cameroon and the Congo, many crimes against humanity have been committed over the past couple of years. There are two main groups that are against one another and have each killed thousands of civilians. The first is the anti-balaka, which is a Christian group. The other main group is called the Séléka and is Muslim. These factions have created a genocide, with really no way to stop it.
The Séléka, for example, went into a hospital in search of a group of the anti-balaka. They said they would kill everyone in the hospital if they were not presented with the anti-balaka. Peacekeeping forces have failed to ameliorate the situation, and have even in some cases been involved in human rights violations. A group of Chadian soldiers, brought in to keep the peace, opened fire in a market in 2013 and killed over 300 civilians.
Because it is so lawless in the Central African Republic, many people aren’t able to openly talk about their reckless killing of civilians. They know that there is really nothing that anyone can do about it. The Chadian soldiers knew that there would be no repercussions for their actions, and so they went ahead and unnecessarily slaughtered hundreds of people. There is really no justice system or way of defense.
Therefore, today, we are calling on the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, André Nzapayeké, to hold these criminals accountable at the national level. Holding these specific criminals accountable, by way of a trial and imprisonment, is the first necessary step. Moving forward, the country needs to deal with its lack of a justice system. They need to be able to hold all criminals accountable for any crime to fully develop as a nation.
Dear Prime Minister Nzapayeké,
As you know, Amnesty International has done research as to who exactly in the Central African Republic is responsible for the genocide in your country. However, that is really the only power that they have. They cannot exact any force on the country, or really bring any of the criminals to justice. The peacekeeping troops can only do so much.
Therefore, today, we are calling on you to use your authority as prime minister to bring these criminals to justice. Going forward, we believe your country needs a justice system to prevent future atrocities so that criminals are punished before life gets too bad for the citizens of your country. The process is by no means easy, but we are calling on you to begin it.
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