Target: President Mikheil Saakashvili and other members of the Georgian Government
Goal: Prosecute prison officers guilty of torturing and raping inmates
Video evidence has surfaced of guards within the main prison in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi torturing and raping several of the inmates. Discovered days before the upcoming election in the nation with an already tarnished human rights record, it has caused a wave of protests within the capital, as many citizens are calling on their government to take action.
President Mikheil Saakashvili announced that harsh action would be carried out against those who perpetrated these crimes and several individuals have been arrested. The government official in charge of overseeing the prisons, Interior Minister Bacho Akhalaia has stepped down in disgrace. It is the official position of the Georgian government that these guards were paid by the opposing political party in order to sway opinions close to election time.
The United Nations has urged the Georgian government to ensure that these individuals who committed not only these particular violations that came to light after the release of the videos but also any and all human rights violations the government has evidence of, to justice. Torture and rape should NEVER be used as political tools, and these actions cannot be taken lightly. Lend your voice and tell the Georgian government that torture and rape, no matter the identity and status of the victims, are not acceptable in any circumstance, and the government must follow through with its claims to crack down hard on these individuals.
Dear President Mikheil Saakashvili and other members of the Georgian government:
The heinous acts of torturing and raping prison inmates as depicted in the surfaced video images cannot be tolerated. While the statement has been made that the government will crack down on these perpetrators, the actions must be swift and heavy.
Torture and rape are not only violations of your citizens’ rights but the rights of every individual around the world, and the violation of those rights cannot be tolerated in any way, shape, or form, especially as political tools.
I, and many others, plead with you to ensure that these criminals are brought to justice, and the message is made that Georgia actively defends the rights of its citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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