Target: President Francois Hollande
Goal: Applaud the French government for helping the Mali government fight Islamists that have taken over the North.
Over the past nine months Islamist fighters known as Ansar Dine and “al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb” seized control of Northern Mali. They imposed strict Sharia law forcing women to wear burqa, banning education for women, instituting whipping, amputation, beheading and public executions as punishment and demolishing historical Sufi shrines. The group recently launched an offensive aimed at taking over all of Mali. Sign the petition to applaud France helping the Mali government fight the Islamists.
The fighting in the North originally began as a Tuareg rebellion against the Mali government to establish an independent Tuareg nation known as Azawad. This was quickly usurped by Islamist fighters who seized control from the Tuaregs for the purpose of establishing Sharia law in all of Mali. After consolidating their gains the Islamists launched an offensive against Mali, seizing the village of Konna in the center of the country and threatening the Mali government with a hostile takeover.
The French government has, with the permission of Mali’s government, the UN, and ECOWAS, the West African economic community, deployed hundreds of Special Forces and soldiers along with fighter jets and helicopters to turn back the Islamist offensive. Already a French pilot has died from injuries he suffered when his helicopter went down. Sign the petition to applaud the French government for contributing to Mali’s defense.
Dear President Hollande,
I am writing as a concerned human rights activist to express support for French intervention in Mali. While the Tuareg rebels have legitimate grievances involving marginalization, corruption and oppression they have been taken over by foreign fighters. Mali is at risk of a hostile takeover by Islamist fighters who intend to impose Sharia law. Already terrible human rights violations have occurred. Female education has been banned, public whippings, amputations and execution is common, and historical sites are being destroyed.
The civilians in Mali are bearing the price for this. The international community together with the UN, ECOWAS and France should work to remove al-Qaida linked Islamist fighters from power and negotiate with the Tuareg leadership to satisfy their grievances and end human rights abuses. I hope France will continue to act in a positive manner to protect the civilian population in Mali.
I hope you take my thoughts into consideration.
[Your Name Here]