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The first letter is recent. Others below are some long-term cases on which we keep working. More letters on them are always needed.

Thongsing Thammavong
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 2012.

Please immediately order that detailed information is given to his family, about what has happened to him and where he is.

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.

RELEASED! See our Updates page.

posted 2014 Aug 9

Lic. Jesús Murillo Karam
Paseo de la Reforma 211-213
Col. Cuauhtémoc
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,

You can email to the Procurator General: ofproc@pgr.gob.mx

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

Your Excellency,
    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
Hohhot City
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
People's Republic of China

Dear Chairman,
    It is now known that Hada is in a prison in Hohhot.
    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 page.

RELEASED! See our Updates page.

Sadakazu Tanigaki,
1-1-1 Kasumigaseki,Chiyoda-ka
Tokyo 100-8977,

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