Target: President of France, Francois Hollande
Goal: Punish soldiers who allegedly sexually abused children in the Central African Republic.
The United Nations is currently investigating French soldiers who allegedly sexually abused children in the Central African Republic. These soldiers were supposed to protect these children from the violence that has plagued the region, but instead violated these children’s bodily rights. Ensure that the French government punishes the soldiers who were involved in this heinous act by signing this petition.
Violence between Christians and Muslims has ravaged the Central African Republic since 2013. It’s estimated that 5,000 people have been killed, with at least a thousand citizens displaced by the violence. The French government sent troops to help stop the violence and aid those who weren’t able to flee. However, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was investigating accusations that French soldiers were sexually abusing children. The investigation was supposed to be a secret to French authorities until a United Nations worker leaked the case.
It’s believed that most of the abuse took place around the M’Poko airport. Children were apparently being given meals in exchange for sexual favors. At the moment neither governments nor the United Nations know where the children are, but it’s believed that boys between the ages of 8 and 15 were molested. At least ten children were involved. While France has taken over the investigation (the United Nations were originally on the case), it is crucial that the soldiers involved in the abuse are punished. These armed forces were meant to keep peace and provide safety for the civilians. Instead, they traumatized at least ten young boys. Tell President Francois Hollande that the soldiers who were allegedly involved in this abuse are punished to the full extent of the law.
Dear President Francois Hollande,
Recently, the United Nations uncovered a disturbing crime in the Central African Republic. French soldiers allegedly sexually abused at least ten young boys, where they were given meals in exchange for sexual favors. It is deeply troubling that these soldiers would taunt these children with food for sex. While the young children who were abused have not been located, I hope that your country’s investigation will find the soldiers who were implicated in this crime. I find it disturbing that such people were allowed to become soldiers.
If these soldiers were found and evidence finds them to be guilty of sexual abuse, I wish to see these soldiers punished to the full extent of the law. These children were obviously starving if they were willing to give up their bodily rights. I implore France to dole out justice; punish the soldiers who took advantage of the suffering of these children.
[Your Name Here]
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