Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Launch investigation into alleged sexual abuse committed by American military in Colombia.
Dozens of children were raped and sexually assaulted by American military in Colombia in the early 2000s, according to an independent Colombian report that was recently released. None of the alleged perpetrators have been brought to justice. Demand that the United States government launch an investigation into these allegations.
As the Colombian government and rebels have been busy negotiating an end to violence that has been going on in the country for 50 years, a report commissioned by both parties on the conflict has leveled horrendous accusations against American military members. According to the report, American forces who were active in the country between 2003 and 2007 as part of the United States’ War on Drugs sexually abused at least 54 Colombian girls, and probably many more, during the course of their mission.
Alleged crimes include drugging the girls without their consent, rape, sexual assault, and distribution of recorded pornography they had taken of the assaults. Before any of these perpetrators could be brought to justice, though, they were whisked away back to the United States, due to the American government maintaining that its forces had diplomatic immunity.
If these allegations are true, they represent war crimes that have been covered up for far too long. Sign the petition below to demand that President Obama launch an investigation into these allegations so that justice can be served.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing you today regarding a number of accusations that have been leveled against our military by the Colombian government. These allegations are extremely serious and deserve to be taken seriously by our government.
According to a report commissioned by the government of Colombia, members of our military, as well as of our private military contractors, who were sent to the country to fight our War on Drugs, systematically raped, sexually abused, and otherwise tortured at least 54 Colombian girls between 2003 and 2007. If this is true, the actual number of victims is probably much higher.
The report also alleges that before any of these criminals could be arrested or brought to justice in Colombia, they were flown back to the United States under the pretense of “diplomatic immunity.” In the years since, it is said that none of the perpetrators have been so much as charged with any crimes.
War crimes committed by our military should not be swept under the rug. We need to hold our forces accountable, especially when the crimes they commit are as evil as these current accusations. I demand that you launch an investigation into these allegations so that any and all military members responsible can be finally brought to justice.
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