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Mr Selami Altinok, Minister of Interior
Içisleri Bakanligi
Email: ozelkalem@icisleri.gov.tr

DeAr Minister,

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
(“Dear Director”)

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/

King 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

Your Majesty,

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
Hohhot City
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 Hohhot.

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 information.