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Guy Ottewell and Tilly Lavenás, founder members
of the Amnesty International groups of Greenville, South Carolina,
and Lyme Regis, England.
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Prime Minister's Office
Lane Xang Avenue
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Dear Prime Minister,
I am concerned about Sombath Somphone. As you
know, he was forcibly disappeared by police in December
Please immediately order that detailed information
is given to his family, about what has happened to him and where
Sombath Somphone was driven away into oblivion in a police vehicle
on 15 December 2012. He is a long-time worker for beneficial development
in Laos. More information about him here,
together with other addresses to which you can send your letter.
See our Updates page.
posted 2014 Aug 9
Jesús Murillo Karam
Paseo de la Reforma 211-213
México D.F., C.P. 06500
Señor Procurador General,
I urge you to investigate immediately the tragic
case of Ángel Amílcar Colón Quevedo, and see to it that he is released
from imprisonment at Tijuana. Ideally he should receive compensation.
Yours respectfully and very sincerely,
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posted 2014 Apr 7
HE President Dilma Rousseff
Presidente da República Federativa do Brasil
Gabinete do Presidente
Palácio do Planalto
Praça dos Três Poderes
70150-900 Brasília DF
It is reported that the lands of the remaining
indigenous peoples of Brazil are still being destroyed for roads,
dams, logging, ranching, and oil s extraction.
If this is not stopped, even more tribes
will be wiped out.
They are dependent on the forests in which
they live, and the previously uncontacted peoples, especially, can
be killed by diseases from outside.
I urge you to ensure the rights of these
peoples. Their lands must be demarcated and protected so that no
more is stolen from them.
Yours respectfully and sincerely,
Survival International has a page on the contrast between Brazil's
sunny image and its decimation of its native peoples:
Chairman Ba Te Er
People's Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
People's Republic of China
It is now known that Hada is in a prison
He was brought there from Chifeng Prison
on 10 December 2010 which was supposed to be the end of his
15 years of imprisonment. Another year has passed
It is shocking that Hada not only was imprisoned
so long for upholding the human rights of Mongolians, but was re-imprisoned
at the end of his sentence.
Please act justly and release Hada.
For the latest twist
in the far-too-long story of the scholar Hada, see the end of this
See our Updates page.
Dear Minister of Justice,
I write to you about Hakamada Iwao.
His case, as you know, is internationally notorious.
He was convicted on the basis of a
forced confession. The chief judge at the original trial believes
that he is innocent.
Hakamada Iwao has been on death row
longer than anyone else in the world: 44 years, and 28 of them in
solitary confinement. Under Japan's present rules, he could be hanged
at any time, without warning. He has become insane.
He should not be executed. He should
be granted a new trial.
I put it to you that Japan should
reform its cruel death-row system. Japan should introduce a moratorium
on the death penalty, joining the 140 countries that have put an
ended to this primitive practice.
Yours respectfully and sincerely,
Forced to confess, 44 years in solitary
or almost-solitary, always under the shadow of the noose