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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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|The first letter is recent. Others below are some long-term cases
on which we keep working. More letters on them are always needed.
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 am appalled that Raif Badawi was sentenced
to flogging with one thousand lashes, and that you allowed the first
fifty lashes of this barbarous punishment actually to be administered,
on January 9.
This is torture, which is absolutely forbidden
by international law. It brings shame on your country.
Raif Badawi is a prisoner of conscience, punished
for exercising his right to freedom of expression. I ask you to
have him immediately released.
Raif's story, and more addresses to which
to send your message.
Chairman Ba Te Er
People's Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
People's Republic of China
I was pleased to learn that Hada was moved
out of prison on November 17. However, he is still kept in a place
where he has no freedom of movement and is not with his family.
He has now been under imprisonment and virtual imprisonment ever
I ask that you act with proper legality and release Hada unconditionally.
He is a prisoner of conscience, punished for upholding the rights
of ethnic Mongol people.
Hada, a scholar and bookshop owner, was imprisoned in a remote
town from Dec. 10 1995 to Dec. 10 2010 for advocating the rights
of Mongols, now a minority in Chinese-ruled Inner Mongolia. Besides
15 years of imprisonment (under conditions which have 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 places, at first unknown, in the capital. It now
appears this was to be his time of "limited political rights".
After four years, we learned on Dec. 10 2014 of his "release".
This was premature: 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. The persecution of
Hada and his wife and son appear to continue because they refuse
to accept guilt and keep quiet. SMHRIC (the Southern Mongolia Human
Rights Information Center, in New York) has sent us a video made
by Hada, in which he states his continued determination to maintain
his beliefs and to sue the authorities for their many illegal actions.
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:
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