Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation, denounces Lionel Messi for endorsing the president of Gabon, Ali Bongo. A July 2015 press release stated that Messi damaged his charitable organization when he visited Gabon to partake in a celebration and to endorse the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, promoted by the Bongo’s PR movement. He visited an inauguration event and a state owned hospital during his stay, according to Mr. Halvorssen. HRF and activists are appalled the Argentina football star met with a regime accused of dictatorship and neglecting to investigate allegations of children murdered in Gabon for ritual ceremonies and cannibalism. There were rumors circulating that Messi received over 3 million euros from the country’s president to visit, which he denies.
A reliable environmental activist, Marc Ona Essangui knows well about the corruption and misguided leadership in Gabon. There have been controversial issues concerning the leadership in Gabon, which has a population of over 1.5 million people. Bongo has ruled the country since 2009 and his family has controlled its politics, economics, and social order over 50 years. He accuses the leader for neglecting to do the right thing about the murder of innocent children and call for a thorough investigation. Essangui is a humanitarian and continues to fight for human rights in his homeland, where he has witnessed the violence, injustice, and cruelty of his people.
Executive officials of the Human Rights Foundation on the company’s LinkedIn page said the country of Gabon is a corrupt government with a third of citizens living below the poverty mark. There must be some sort of factual information for the HRF to criticize Messi for associating with the leader of the country. The non-profit organization claims there are documents about the murder of young children for the purpose of harvesting organs for human consumption. Marc Essangui said those individuals in power and who are rich participate in ritual murders and cannibalism with delusional thoughts that they will receive increased influence. Essangui devotes his time and efforts to expose the corruption and continues to concentrate on economic development in Gabon.
Human Rights Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York, dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights over the world. The organization unites people like Marc Essangui to defend the freedom and rights of adults and children. HRF believes every human being is entitled to freedom of speech and expression. Since 2006, the organization has worked with activists and leaders of international countries. The president of HRF believes he has valid reason to rebuke Mr. Messi for his endorsement and visiting Gabon’s leader. He has read many reports about the humanitarian problems in the country and believes activists, such as Mr. Essangui about what is witnessed and reported.