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and Lyme Regis, England.
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|The first letter is recent. Others below are long-term cases on
which we keep working. More letters on them are always needed.
Mr Selami Altinok, Minister of Interior
I understand that about 80 Syrian refugees have been deported from
the Erzurum Removal Centre to Syria, where they are at risk of serious
human rights violations. I am concerned that the 50 Syrian refugees
still at the Centre may be deported.
I strongly urge you to stop all forcible returns of asylum-seekers
or refugees held at the Centre and grant them status in Turkey.
May also be sent to:
Mr Atilla Toros / Directorate General of Migration Management /
Lalegül Çamlica Mahallesi 122. Sokak No:2/3 / 06370 Yenimahalle
/ Ankara / Turkey
And please send a copy to the ambassador in your country:
HE Mr Abdurrahman Bilgic
Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
43 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PA
HE Serdar Kilic Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
2525 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
For more information on Amnesty International's Urgent Action 255/15,
20 November 2015: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur44/2915/2015/en/
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques
Office of His Majesty the King
Royal Court, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
I was appalled that Raif Badawi was sentenced to flogging with
one thousand lashes, and that the first fifty lashes were actually
administered, on January 9. It is to your credit that no more rounds
of flogging have taken place so far.
Please make sure that this barbarous punishment is completely canceled,
and that Raif Badawi is freed. He is a prisoner of conscience, punished
for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Raif's story, and more addresses to which
to send your message.
Chairman Ba Te Er
People's Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Nei Menggu Zizhiqu
People's Republic of China
I am concerned that Hada is still being punished for peacefully
advocating the rights of Mongol people in their own country.
As you know, he was imprisoned from 1995 to 2010. Instead of being
released at the end of this term, he was moved to another prison
for four years, and is now kept under surveillance in a house in
Please inform me of the date when he will be allowed to return
to his home and family.
Hada, a scholar and bookshop owner, was imprisoned in a remote
town from Dec. 10 (World Human Rights Day) 1995 to Dec. 10 2010,
for "splitting the country", "conspiring to overthrow
the government", and "espionage", really for advocating
the cultural and material rights of Mongols, now a minority in Chinese-ruled
Inner Mongolia. Besides 15 years of imprisonment (under endlessly
cruel conditions which left him with 10 kinds of illness), his sentence
included a further 4 years of limited political rights. At his date
of release he was instead moved to various secret places of detention
in the capital. After four years, his "release" was reported
on Dec. 10 2014; he had been moved out of a "black jail"
but into an apartment building, still far from his family, under
surveillance and with no freedom of movement. His wife and son have
also been harassed in countless ways. The persecution of the family
appears to continue because they refuse to accept guilt. Hada intends
to sue the authorities for their illegal actions, and his wife smuggles
defiant statements to the outside world whenever she can. SMHRIC
(the Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center, in New York)
continues its "Free Hada" campaign and supplies us with