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

HE Professor Peter Arthur Mutharika
President of the Republic of Malawi
Office of the President and Cabinet
Private Bag 301
Capital City
Lilongwe 3

Your Excellency,

As you know, people with albinism are still suffering badly in Malawi. Thousands of people with this inherited, non-contagious, incurable condition have to live in fear. They are ritually killed in the belief that their body parts will bring riches. Since December 2014, at least 14 have been killed, at least 5 others have disappeared, and there have been at least 69 other crimes such as stealing of bodies from graves. A recent case was the teen-age boy, David Fletcher, who disappeared from Malawi and whose body was found in Mozambique with hands and feet chopped off.

You have condemned these attacks and called on police to arrest perpetrators. But the few arrested have been acquitted or given light sentences. Please do your utmost to bring this horror to an end.

Yours respectfully and very sincerely,

Full information, including further addresses to which to send your message, is in Amnesty International's Urgent Action: http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/f3u05116.doc

Ashraf Fayadh, a poet, born in Saudi Arabia to Palestinian refugee parents, was sentenced to death for apostasy (changing his religion). This sentence was overturned, but he faces eight years in prison and 800 lashes.
Please write/tweet to the king, and email/tweet to the ambassador in your country.

His Majesty King Salman 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 am glad to learn that the execution of Ashraf Fayadh has been halted. He is a prisoner of conscience, whose conviction is seriously flawed and based on false allegations.

I urge that your government should drop the charges against him and release him.

Yours respectfully and sincerely,

Twitter: @KingSalman

Ambassadors (you can address them as "Your Escellency"
HE HRH Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz ukemb@mofa.gov.sa
HE Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah al-Saud usemb@mofa.gov.sa

Ashraf Fayadh, a poet, born in Saudi Arabia to Palestinian refugee parents, was sentenced to death for apostasy (changing his religion). This sentence was overturned, but he faces eight years in prison and 800 lashes.

Amnesty International's Urgent Action 265/15 of 3 February gives full information and more addresses to which your appeal can be sent.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Office of the President
Al Ittihadia Palace
Arab Republic of Egypt

Email: p.spokesman@op.gov.eg
Twitter: @AlsisiOfficial

Your Excellency,

It is reported that Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein, a student aged 20, was arrested for wearing a T-shirt with an anti-torture logo. He has spent more than two years in pre-trial detention. On 7 February his detention was renewed for another 45 days.

His detention is illegal under Egyptian law. Criminal Procedures Law, Article 143, states that a detainee who has not been sentenced within two years must be released immediately.

I ask that Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Hussein be released.

I ask also that you investigate his allegations of torture, and bring those responsible to justice.

Yours respectfully and sincerely,

Full information, other points you could make, and other targets to whom you could send your message, are in Amnesty International's Urgent Action of 10 Feb. 2016.

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.