Target: Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General for the United Nations (U.N.)
Goal: Ensure those allegedly responsible for the sexual abuse of nine Haitian children are punished and held accountable.
An Associated Press investigation has revealed years of horrifying sexual abuse occurring in Haiti involving nine children and over one hundred Sri Lankan U.N. peacekeepers. The children were allegedly forced to perform sexual favors and sleep with the peacekeepers in exchange for food and money in the impoverished and devastated nation.
The report comes soon after the U.N. unanimously voted to end their peacekeeping mission in Haiti this year. The mission had previously come under fire in 2010, when it was revealed that Nepalese peacekeepers may have caused a cholera outbreak which killed thousands of Haitians. As U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has stated, the peacekeeping mission has “been a nightmare for many Haitians” since it began in 2004, following that nation’s bloody coup.
Sadly, this most recent scandal is far from an isolated incident within the U.N. Similar investigations have revealed that sexual abuses carried out by U.N. peacekeepers and other officials are rampant and are rarely prosecuted. Over the past 12 years, the Associated Press uncovered over 2,000 cases of sexual abuse and rape in missions worldwide, with over 300 cases involving children.
We must demand that the U.N. do more to ensure that those perpetrating these acts be held accountable in their home countries. While the U.N. does not currently have jurisdiction to prosecute these crimes, they can withhold compensation and put more pressure on member nations to comply. Sign this petition to tell Secretary-General for the UN, Antonio Guterres, that these alleged perpetrators must face severe punishment and home and that all cases of abuse within the U.N. must be brought to an end.
Dear Secretary-General Guterres,
A recent Associated Press investigation revealed that 134 Sri Lankan U.N. peacekeepers allegedly participated in a child sex ring in Haiti involving at least nine children. These peacekeepers were sent to Haiti to help maintain law and order following a violent coup in 2004, yet this unthinkable and heartbreaking exploitation of Haiti’s most vulnerable citizens continued for over several years, including one incident where a boy was allegedly gang raped by peacekeepers while another official filmed the act on his cell phone.
While the peacekeepers involved have been sent home, none of them have served time in prison for these crimes. The U.N. must do more to hold its member nations accountable and crack down on the rampant sexual abuses that have been uncovered in recent reports.
We, the undersigned, demand that you commit to keeping the vulnerable people in devastated and war-torn areas that the U.N. serves safe from exploitation. Predatory individuals such as those allegedly involved in this case have no place in the United Nations and must be brought to justice.
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