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Amnesty International Sample Letters 2010 Political Prisoner Write-a-Thon

Amnesty International Sample Letters 2010 Political Prisoner Write-a-Thon

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Senior General Than ShweChairman, State Peace and Development Councilc/o Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar 2300 S Street NWWashington, DC 20008Dear General:I am writing to express my grave concern for 
Su Su Nway
, a labor activist who is serving a prison term of eight years and six months for raising a banner. Amnesty International considersSu Su Nway to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for exercising her right to freedomof expression.Su Su Nway,
Aung San Suu Kyi
, and many other prisoners of conscience are being held inMyanmar for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Many have already beenimprisoned for lengthy periods of time and are being held in poor prison conditions. I amalarmed that authorities continue to use vaguely-worded laws to detain activists, dissidents andothers engaged in the peaceful exercise of their right to free expression.I respectfully call upon you to bring about Su Su Nway’s immediate and unconditional releasefrom prison along with Aung San Suu Kyi and all other prisoners of conscience in Myanmar. Iurge you to amend or repeal vaguely-worded laws or regulations that can be used to persecuteindividuals who exercise their right to freedom of expression.Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.Sincerely,copy to:U Han ThuMinister-Counselor, Charge d’Affaires Ad InterimEmbassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar 2300 S Street NWWashington, DC 20008Fax: 202-332-4351Email: info@mewashingtondc.com
His Excellency Dr. Barham SalihPrime Minister Kurdistan Regional GovernmentErbilREPUBLIC OF IRAQEmail: erbil@rp.krg.orgYour Excellency:I am writing to express my grave concern for 
Walid Yunis Ahmad
, who has been in detentionwithout charge or trial for 10 years.Walid Yunis Ahmad went missing after his arrest on 6 February 2000. For three years, hisfamily wondered if he was alive. Now they know he was tortured and went on a hunger strike to protest his detention. He continues to be held in solitary confinement even though he has yet to be charged with an offense or brought to trial. He is in the Asayish prison in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.I respectfully ask you to explain why Walid Yunis Ahmad was arrested in 2000 and is stilldetained. I strongly urge you to release Mr. Ahmad if the authorities are not going to charge himwith a crime and bring him to trial without further delay. Lastly, I urge your government toallow Mr. Ahmad regular contact and access to his family and lawyer.Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.Sincerely,copy to:Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida'ieEmbassy of the Republic of Iraq3421 Massachusetts Avenue NWWashington, DC 20007Email: amboffice@iraqiembassy.orgFax: 202-333-1129
Mr. Susilo Bambang YudhoyonoPresident of IndonesiaIstana MerdekaJakarta 10110INDONESIAFax: 011 62 21 345 2685Dear President:I am deeply concerned about
Filep Karma
, who was arrested in December 2004 for his participation in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony in Papua province. Filep Karma is serving a15-year sentence on charges of treason. Amnesty International considers him to be prisoner of conscience and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.I urge you to release Filep Karma and to make a public commitment that there will be no further arrests of individuals purely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression,assembly, or association. Specifically, I ask you to ensure that laws concerning “rebellion”(Articles 106 and 110 of the Indonesian Criminal Code) are not used against people who haveengaged only in peaceful activities. While I do not seek to advocate a particular position on the political status of Papua, I believe the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate referenda, independence, or other political solutions. These rights must beupheld.I thank you for your attention to this matter.Sincerely,copy to:His Excellency Dino Patti DjalalEmbassy of Indonesia2020 Massachusetts Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20036Fax: 202-775-5365

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