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Ubisoft Accused Of Breaking Int'l Law

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Posted August 6, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

A group of peace activists (Direct Action to Stop the War) has accused French game company Ubisoft of breaking international law by publsihing America's Army. The group contends that shooter/adver-game ammounts to attempts to try and recruit children into the armed forces. The game is rated T (13 and over) and Direct Action contends that its blatant recruitment message is geared toward minors.

"The military recruitment of children under the age of 17, however, is a clear violation of international law (the U.N. Optional Protocol). No attempt to recruit children 13-16 is allowed in the United States, pursuant to treaty," the Direct Action said in a letter to Ubisoft's president.  "It is also important to consider the effects of the game within the context of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Undoubtedly soldiers now recruited through America's Army will serve in these wars. The invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are violations of international law, and contributing to their continuation through the propagation of the game is, if not a criminal violation, a moral outrage."

The group spoke to Ubisoft, who apprently told them they no longer work on the game anyway, but as of yet, Ubisoft has made no announcement about their participation in developing and supporting America's Army.

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