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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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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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Glance at our one-paragraph story of Ángel.
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
Yours respectfully and sincerely,
Survival International has a page on the contrast between Brazil's
sunny image and its decimation of its native peoples:
See our Updates page.
Thammavong, Prime Minister
Prime Minister's Office
Lane Xang Avenue
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Dear Prime Minister,
I am concerned about Thao Moua and Pa Fue
Khang, ethnic Hmong men now serving sentences of 12 and 15 years in
They were arrested in June 2003 for working
as guides to two foreign journalists. They were shackled, and beaten
with sticks and bicycle chains. They had a clearly unfair trial, with
no legal representation, and a sentence written beforehand.
I urge you to:
Review the cases of Thao Moua and Pa Fue Khang.
Ensure that they are subjected to no further ill-treatment.
Release them, if there is no credible evidence of any crime
committed by them.
I look forward to the honor of an early reply
from you about this important matter.
The running genocide of
the Hmong, and another address to which you could send your letter
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 in
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
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