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MYANMAR (BURMA):
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER RELEASED, BUT THOUSANDS REMAIN JAILED
The Government of Myanmar has jailed thousands of people in their continuing efforts to stem the spread of all forms of opposition. Most prominent of those detained was aung san suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was released November 13, 2010 and has been the beacon of hope and change for nearly two decades in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi co-founded the National League for Democracy (NLD), a pro-democracy political party that sought to counter the military junta that had reigned over Myanmar since 1962. In 1990, the NLD won the majority of the parliamentary seats in a general election. Surprised at the landslide victory, the Myanmar Government refused to transfer power to Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD, and jailed scores of political activists. Aung San Suu Kyi had spent 15 of the last 21 years under some form of detention. su su nway, a labor activist and member of the NLD, is another individual whose peaceful acts have been met with retribution from Myanmar authorities. She is serving a sentence of eight years and six months in a remote prison, far from her family, for putting up an anti-government banner near the hotel in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, where the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar was staying. Authorities in Myanmar have justified the imprisonment of hundreds of students, politicians, doctors, lawyers, housewives, farmers and others on the basis that they were seeking to cause “unrest.” Such arrests have been made possible by laws that allow an excessively wide interpretation of what constitutes a threat to security. Amnesty International seeks the immediate and unconditional release of Su Su Nway and all prisoners of conscience in Myanmar.
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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the General
tell him that you welcome the recent release of aung san suu Kyi; Call on him to bring about the immediate and unconditional release of su su nway and all prisoners of conscience in myanmar; Urge him to stop the violent repression of people for simply attempting to peacefully exercise their right to freedom of expression. mail to: Senior General Than Shwe Chairman, State Peace and Development Council c/o Embassy of the Union of Myanmar 2300 S Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 Salutation: Dear General U.S. domestic postage is $0.44.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to sU sU nWay
Please send a message of hope and support to Su Su Nway. A sample message: “Greetings from [name of town]. you are in our thoughts and hopes for the future.” Because mail cannot be sent directly to her, please send your cards via the Myanmar Embassy with a note asking them to pass your message to Su Su Nway. Even if the authorities fail to honor that request, the letters will be a clear demonstration of the international support for Su Su Nway. mail to: Su Su Nway c/o Embassy of the Union of Myanmar 2300 S Street NW Washington, DC 20008 Fax: 1 202 332 4351 Email: info@mewashingtondc.com

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IRAQ:

10 YEARS IN DETENTION WITHOUT CHARGE
Walid yunis ahmad went missing after his arrest on 6 February 2000. For three years, his family wondered if he was alive. Now they know he was tortured and that he went on hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. The Iraqi government continues to hold him in solitary confinement even though they have yet to charge him with an offense or bring him to trial. He is in the Asayish prison in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. Walid Yunis Ahmad worked at a radio and television station where he organized programs and translated material into Kurdish, Arabic and Turkman. The station may be associated with the opposition party Islamic Movement in Kurdistan. On the day of his arrest, he took a ride in someone else’s car after a meeting of the Islamic Movement when police promptly stopped and searched his acquaintance’s vehicle. The officers said they found explosive material and arrested Walid Yunis Ahmad on the spot. The family asked a lawyer to defend Walid Yunis Ahmad but the lawyer declined, saying that he was unable to help because it was a “security matter.” Amnesty International has asked several times for clarity about his legal status. He appears to be in legal limbo. Authorities say he cannot be prosecuted under the 2006 anti-terrorism law because he was arrested in 2000. Nor can he be prosecuted under Iraqi law because this law does not contain provisions for terrorism offenses. Walid Yunis Ahmad, now 52, has recovered somewhat from his hunger strike and is believed to be in reasonable health.

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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the prime minister of the reGional Government
ask him to explain why Walid yunis ahmad was arrested in 2000 and is still detained. Call for his release if the authorities are not going to charge him and bring him to trial without further delay; insist that Walid’s family and lawyer should be able to see him regularly. mail to: His Excellency Dr. Barham Salih Prime Minister Kurdistan Regional Government Erbil REPUBLIC OF IRAQ Salutation: Your Excellency International airmail postage is $0.98.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to Walid yUnis ahmad
Please send a message of hope and support to Walid Yunis Ahmad. a sample messaGe: “people around the world are thinking about you.” mail to: Walid Yunis Ahmad Asayish Building Erbil Kurdistan Region REPUBLIC OF IRAQ

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INDONESIA:

JAILED FOR RAISING A FLAG
For peacefully raising a flag, filep Karma may spend 15 years in prison. He was one of some 200 people who participated in a peaceful ceremony on December 1, 2004, in Papua, Indonesia, during which the Morning Star flag, a symbol of Papuan independence, was raised. Indonesian police advanced on the crowd, firing shots and beating people with batons. Police arrested Filep Karma and reportedly beat and stomped on him during transport to the police station. A group of about 20 people were later arrested at the police station when they went to protest Mr. Karma’s arrest, but all were subsequently released, except for Yusak Pakage. Mr. Karma and Mr. Pakage were charged with rebellion for allegedly leading the flag-raising event. In May 2005, a court sentenced Filep Karma to 15 years in prison and Yusak Pakage to 10 years on charges of treason for having “betrayed” Indonesia by flying the outlawed Papua flag. Yusak Pakage was released in July 2010 following a presidential pardon. Many in Papua would like to separate from Indonesia and form their own nation. Supporters of independence for Papua have been among those jailed as prisoners of conscience in Indonesia. Simply attending a meeting at which the political status of Papua has been discussed can lead to one’s arrest. Amnesty International takes no position on the political status of any province of Indonesia, but believes the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate independence or other political solutions and that these rights must be upheld. Amnesty International considers Filep Karma to be a prisoner of conscience who has been detained purely for the peaceful and legitimate exercise of his right to freedom of expression. It calls on the government to free him and all other prisoners of conscience in Indonesia.

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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the president
ask him to bring about the immediate and unconditional release of filep Karma; Call on him to ensure that laws concerning “rebellion” (articles 106 and 110 of the indonesian Criminal Code - KUhp) are not used against people who have engaged only in peaceful activities. state that amnesty international believes that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate referenda, independence or other political solutions. mail to: Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President of Indonesia Istana Merdeka Jakarta 10110 INDONESIA Fax: 011 62 21 345 2685 Salutation: Dear President International airmail postage is $0.98.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to filep Karma
Please send a message of hope and support to Filep. A sample message: “salam hangat dari...” which is bahasa indonesian for “Greetings from...” mail to: Filep Karma c/o Victor Mambor Kompleks Bak Air No 29. Angkasa Indah, Jayapura Utara Papua 99113 INDONESIA

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BURKINA FASO:

WOMEN DYING NEEDLESSLY FROM COMPLICATIONS OF CHILDBIRTH
albertine, a 25-year-old mother of two children, died in January 2007 at a regional hospital in Burkina Faso. Her brother-in-law, who farms and works in the mines, had to make several long trips to and from the hospital to borrow over US $100 - significantly more than the average monthly income - to pay for blood and medicine. He told Amnesty International: “I took her by motorcycle to the [clinic], 15 kilometers from our village. I paid at least [around US $11.50] for medicines, but the medical personnel told me that they could not do anything, that she needed to be hospitalized at the regional hospital. As I had given them all the money I had, I brought back Albertine to our village. But the next day, she was still having labor pains and after borrowing some money I took her to the hospital.” “I was told Albertine needed a blood transfusion, and I was given a prescription costing [around US $46]. I don’t know whether this money was to buy blood or medicines. After the transfusion, Albertine seemed to be doing better. The next day she gave birth to a stillborn baby.” “On the third day, she was suddenly very cold. She was given a prescription and I paid [around US $34] to buy her injections and medicine. On the fourth day, she had a relapse; I was given a new prescription for new medicines costing [around US $27.50], but I didn’t have any more money. So I had to go to the village and back. On the fifth day, I came back with the money and paid for the medicines, but Albertine had died in the meantime. I did what I could to save my sister-in-law but it cost too much for a poor man like me.” Many maternal deaths in Burkina Faso are linked to high costs for care which leads to delays deciding to seek care, reaching health facilities and receiving treatment. These problems are among the common barriers to care resulting in preventable maternal deaths around the globe. The US Congress is taking steps to prevent these needless deaths. The Improvements in Global Maternal and newborn health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes Act (“Global MOMS Act”) will expand access to better quality maternal health services, remove barriers to care, and ensure care meets international human rights standards. Amnesty is calling on the US Congress to pass the Global MOMS Act and end preventable maternal deaths around the world.
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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the speaKer of the hoUse
Call on the speaker of the U.s. house of representatives to prioritize passage of the “improvements in Global maternal and newborn health outcomes while maximizing successes act,” introduced in the 111th Congress as h.r. 5268, and known as the “Global moms act.” mail to: Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Speaker of the House House 232, United States Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Fax: (202) 225-4188 Salutation: Dear Speaker U.S. domestic postage is $0.44.

2. Write a letter to the president of bUrKina faso
Please join Amnesty International in encouraging Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré to take concrete steps to lift all financial barriers to emergency obstetric care: Urge him to remove all financial barriers preventing women from seeking or obtaining care that could save the lives of thousands of women in burkina faso and prevent others from suffering serious injuries; ask him to honor the commitment he made in february 2010 to ensure a free care policy for pregnant women by taking concrete steps to make free maternal care a reality for all women in burkina faso; thank him for taking all necessary steps to prevent women from needlessly dying from complications of childbirth. mail to: President Blaise Compaoré BP 7030 et 7031 Ougadougou BURKINA FASO International airmail postage is $0.98.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO:
RAPE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD?
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been called the rape capital of the world. Every year, thousands of rapes are reported, especially in the war-torn eastern provinces, along the borders with Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. Many more rapes go unreported, because of the shame associated with being attacked. A central problem is the use of rape as a weapon of war by all sides in the Congo wars. However, the frequency of rape as a weapon, and the almost total impunity for perpetrators of these atrocious crimes, have led to an increase in the incidence of rape in all corners of the country. According to the UN at least 15,000 rapes were reported in the DRC last year. The figure is likely much higher as many survivors do not report rape out of fear of being stigmatized within their communities. In August 2010, shocking reports emerged that armed groups fighting the DRC armed forces had systematically attacked villages in the Walikale territory of the DRC, raping more than 300 women, girls, men and boys. Government security forces and United Nations peace-keepers stationed nearby failed to protect them. Survivors were left traumatized, sexually assaulted, in pain, without clothes or belongings. The scale of the crimes demonstrates the failure of the DRC government and the United Nations to protect civilians and respond effectively to the crimes when they are committed. The military justice system in the DRC is not capable of trying all of the cases of alleged abuse by military personnel. The civilian justice system is even weaker. Further, the Congolese government continues to grant impunity to perpetrators of war crimes, and it has failed to exclude alleged perpetrators from the national army (FARDC). A flagrant example is that of General Bosco Ntaganda, for whom the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for war crimes. Not only has the Congolese government refused to arrest him, it promoted him to the rank of general.

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1. Write a letter to the president
Call for an urgent review of the failure to protect the people of Walikale and urge that measures be taken to ensure civilians throughout the drC are protected from rape and sexual violence; Urge that greater measures be taken to train the Congolese army to protect civilians and to identify and remove members of the national forces who have committed sexual violence and other human rights abuses; Urge investigation and prosecution of rape and other human rights abuses committed by the drC armed forces and the various armed groups operating in drC; Cooperate fully with the international Criminal Court’s investigation in the drC including by arresting and transferring General bosco ntaganda to the Court; Urge that victims of rape be provided with reparations, including compensation, medical and psychological treatment and other services as needed to address their suffering and help them rebuild their lives. mail to: President Joseph Kabila Cabinet du Président Palais de la Nation Kinshasa/Gombe DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Salutation: Your Excellency International airmail postage is $0.98.

2. Write a letter to seCretary of state Clinton
This December, the U.S. will again assume the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council. Please ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use this opportunity to push for full implementation of Resolution 1888 towards ending sexual violence in the DRC: thank her for her leadership in the fight to stop violence against women in the drC and around the world; Urge her to ensure that the security Council calls on the United nations and the government of the drC to take immediate measures to protect civilians in the drC from rape and sexual violence, including by training the Congolese army to better protect civilians; vetting the army to remove perpetrators of sexual violence and other human rights abuses; addressing the medical, psychosocial and economic consequences of widespread sexual violence; and developing an effective plan to build the national justice system.
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ROMANIA:
ROMA FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED
In 2004, around 100 Roma people were forcibly evicted from their home on Pictor Nagy Street in a central Romanian town called Miercurea Ciuc (which is known locally as Csíkszereda). Around 75 of them are now living in metal cabins and shacks right next to a sewage plant. The conditions are unsanitary and a horrible smell of human waste hangs permanently in the air. The Roma were told that the move was temporary, but nearly six years later, the local authorities have no plan to relocate them to adequate housing. The rest of the community evicted from Pictor Nagy Street is living by a garbage dump two kilometers outside the town. The authorities who evicted the Roma families didn’t follow the safeguards for evictions laid down by international law: The families were not given the opportunity to challenge the eviction decision, and they were given no opportunity to engage with the decision-making process. No written, detailed notification, including the date of the eviction, was given to all involved evictees sufficiently in advance, despite the requirements of the Romanian law. The living conditions near the sewage plant are inhumane. The metal cabins are overcrowded, with only four toilets for 75 people and only one tap for drinking water. The cabins and shacks are cramped and do not protect the families from the heat, damp, wind or rain. Romanian law stipulates that people should not live within 300 meters of potential toxic hazards, and the Roma families are living well within this danger zone. The authorities have done nothing to investigate the potential danger to the Roma’s health from living so close to the sewage plant. Roma people (sometimes pejoratively referred to as “Gypsies”) have frequently been the targets of discrimination. Across Europe, Romani communities are often denied equal access to adequate housing, education, health, water and sanitation.
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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the mayor
express concern that the local authorities of Csíkszereda forcibly evicted the roma from their homes in 2004 without complying to international safeguards on evictions, and moved them to a site where living conditions are inhumane; remind him that housing is a human right and urge him to provide alternative and adequate housing which comply with requirements of international and regional human rights law and standards for all roma living on primaverii street, regardless of the nature of their tenancy, in a safe and healthy location; Call on the authorities to devise a plan to facilitate the integration of the roma within the broader community of Csíkszereda.

mail to:
Ráduly Róbert Kálmán Mayor of Csíkszereda Municipality of Csíkszereda Vár tér 1. 530110, Csíkszereda Harghita county ROMANIA Fax: 011 40 266 37 11 65 Email: radulyrobert@szereda.ro Salutation: Dear Mayor International airmail postage is $0.98.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to the roma families
Please send a message of hope and support to the Roma families of Primaverii Street. A sample message: “Kedves tavasz utca lakói! Én egyike vagyok azon embereknek, akik abban segítek, hogy új és biztonságos otthont kapjanak. remélem továbbra is kitartanak és hogy a hatóságok meghallgatják Önöket. mi Önökkel vagyunk. fogadják legjobb kívánságaimat” translation: “dear residents of primaverii street, i am one of the people who have been supporting your fight for a new and safe home! i hope you remain strong and that the authorities listen to you. We are on your side. With best wishes to you and your family,”

mail to: Ráduly Ferenc str. Primaverii nr. 16. 530143 Miercurea Ciuc, jud. Harghita, ROMANIA

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CHINA:
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER IMPRISONED
mao hengfeng has been repeatedly detained because of her work for human rights. As a result of her efforts to call attention to forced abortions and forced evictions in China, she has been subjected to torture and ill-treatment by authorities. The most recent detention of Mao Hengfeng stems from her 2009 protest of the arrest of Liu Xiaobo, a prominent human rights defender in China. (Liu Xiaobo was recently named the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his human rights activism.) On December 25, 2009, Mao Hengfeng protested outside the court building in Beijing where Liu Xiaobo was on trial. On March 4, 2010, she started an 18-month sentence under China’s “Re-education Through Labor” (RTL) system for “disturbing public order.” In April, officials sent her to the Anhui Provincial Women’s facility where she has to work at the RTL dumpsite. The police refused to allow Mao Hengfeng’s family and lawyers to visit her. At an appeal hearing in July 2010 which her husband, Wu Xuewei, was allowed to attend, Mao Hengfeng said that she had been repeatedly beaten over the previous three months, and she showed the bruises on her body from the beatings. Mao Hengfeng is kept in unsanitary conditions, and she has been denied access to showers or toilets for long periods of time. As a result, she is now suffering from a skin infection. Amnesty International considers Mao Hengfeng to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for her peaceful activities to defend human rights.

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1. Write to the direCtor of the shanGhai bUreaU of pUbliC seCUrity
ask him to release mao hengfeng immediately and unconditionally; Call on him to ensure that while she is in custody, she will not be tortured or ill-treated, and she will be provided access to her family and any medical treatment that she may require.

mail to:
Director, Shanghai Bureau of Public Security Zhang Xuebing Juzhang Shanghaishi Gong’anju 128 Wuningnanlu Qing’anqu Shanghaishi 200042 PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA Salutation: Dear Director International airmail postage is $0.98.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to mao henGfenG
Please send a message of hope and support to Mao Hengfeng. A sample message:

mail to: Mao Hengfeng 811 Shi Huangxing Lu 1 Hao Yangpu Qu Shanghaishi 200090 PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

“We are worried that you have been detained again. We are campaigning for your immediate and unconditional release.”

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IRAN:
STUDENT LEADER IMPRISONED
On 7 December 2009, majid tavakkoli was arrested after criticizing the government during a peaceful student protest at Amir Kabir University of Technology in Tehran. The protest, held on National Student Day, was one of many across the country in response to the disputed presidential election that took place in June 2009. After his arrest, Majid was reportedly beaten and subjected to an unfair trial where he was denied the presence of his lawyer. Majid Tavakkoli was sentenced to over eight years in prison on charges that included “participating in an illegal gathering,” “propaganda against the system” and “insulting officials.” In response to protests following the 2009 presidential elections, authorities increased restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly. Many people were arrested, including political activists, students, human rights defenders, journalists and others. Today, hundreds of political prisoners, many of whom are prisoners of conscience, remain jailed across Iran. Between January and May 2010, Majid Tavakkoli was held in solitary confinement. His family was not informed of his whereabouts or his condition until they were allowed to pay him one 15-minute visit on 15 April 2010. Shortly thereafter, Majid was returned to solitary confinement, where he began a 7-day dry hunger strike. In August 2010, authorities transferred Majid to Raja’i Shahr prison, which is used to house violent criminals. He is suffering from a respiratory condition that has worsened since his arrest

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1. Write a letter to the head of the JUdiCiary
Call on him to bring about the immediate and unconditional release of majid tavakkoli, a prisoner of conscience held solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association; Urge him to ensure that majid tavakkoli is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and is granted immediate and regular access to his lawyer, his family and adequate medical treatment; request that he conduct an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into reports that majid tavakkoli was beaten during his arrest.

mail to:
Head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary) Pasteur St., Vali Asr Avenue south of Serah-e Jomhouri Tehran 1316814737 ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN Salutation: Your Excellency International airmail postage is $0.98.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to maJid tavaKKoli
Please send a message of hope and support to Majid Tavakkoli. A sample message:

mail to: Majid Tavakkoli End of Yas Street Section 3, Miyanroud District Shiraz, Fars Province Post code: 7179743355 ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

“We do not forget you. hoping for your speedy release and wishing you strength and courage.”

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GUATEMALA:
WOMEN’S RIGHTS LEADER THREATENED
norma Cruz has received numerous death threats for her work documenting cases of violence against women in Guatemala and helping women fight for justice. She leads Fundación Sobrevivientes (Survivors’ Foundation), a women’s rights organization based in Guatemala City. Some of her relatives have also suffered threats and attacks. Since May 2009, Norma Cruz has received dozens of threats relating to her organization’s provision of legal assistance in the case of a girl who was raped. The threats warn of fatal consequences if Norma Cruz does not stop working on the case. Threats have been sent by text message and by phone, both to her mobile phone and to the office of Fundación Sobrevivientes. One man has been charged with making two of the death threats sent in 2009. He has since been released on bail. However, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has not reported any progress in the investigation into the remaining death threats against Norma Cruz, her relatives or members of the Fundación Sobrevivientes. Even though the Guatemalan authorities have provided Norma Cruz, her family and her office with police protection, the threats continue. To date, nobody has yet been held to account. Guatemalan human rights organizations continue to report attacks and threats against human rights defenders, trade unionists and grassroots political and social activists. Most of these people do not receive an adequate response from the state. The authorities usually fail to provide effective protection measures in a timely manner and to fully investigate the attacks. Join us in calling on the Attorney General to investigate the death threats against human rights defender Norma Cruz, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the attorney General
Urge her to carry out a swift, full and impartial investigation into the death threats against human rights defender norma Cruz, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice; Call on her to ensure that human rights defenders, including those campaigning to end violence against women, are able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals.

mail to:
Interim Attorney General and Head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office Lic. María Encarnación Mejía de Contreras Fiscal General de la República y Jefe del Ministerio Público 15ª Avenida 15-16, Zona 1, Barrio Gerona Ciudad de Guatemala GUATEMALA Fax: 011 502 2411 9124 Salutation: Dear Attorney General International airmail postage is $0.98.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to norma CrUZ
Please send a message of hope and support to Norma Cruz. A sample message: “in solidarity and with admiration for the work that you are doing for so many girls and women.” “en solidaridad y con admiración por el trabajo que Usted y sus colegas están haciendo a favor de tantas niñas y mujeres.”

mail to: Norma Cruz Fundación Sobrevivientes 12 calle 11-63, Zona 1, Guatemala city GUATEMALA

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Global Write-a-thon 2010 – Write for riGhts
THE GAMBIA:
ATTEMPT TO SILENCE POLITICAL OPPOSITION
femi peters is the Campaign Manager for the United Democratic Party, a Gambian political opposition party. He was arrested during a peaceful demonstration organized by his party in Serekunda, a city on Gambia’s west coast, on 25 October 2009. The Police refused to grant permission for the demonstration on the grounds of threat to national security and fear of violent protests. Femi Peters was charged with “control of procession and control of use of loud speakers in public” without permission from the Office of the Inspector General of Police, as required under the Public Order Act. The Gambian government has sought to stifle political and social dissent. Security forces have arbitrarily arrested and detained government opponents, human rights defenders, journalists and former security personnel. After months of trial, Femi Peters was convicted and sentenced on 1 April 2010 to a mandatory jail term of one year and to pay a fine of D10,000 ($300). He will be expected to complete his sentence around March 2011. Femi Peters’ appeal at the High Court was dismissed on 5 August 2010. His lawyer has filed a new appeal to the Court of Appeal. Concerns have been raised about Femi Peters’ health and about the poor prison conditions. Medical reports confirm that he is a diabetic and that he was suffering from malaria. There are fears that he may not be receiving adequate treatment for either condition. His family has reportedly not been allowed to visit him in prison. Amnesty International considers Femi Peters to be a prisoner of conscience and seeks his immediate and unconditional release.
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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the president
Call on him to bring about the immediate and unconditional release of femi peters; Urge him to ensure that femi peters is provided adequate and ongoing medical treatment, and be allowed access to his family and other visitors; insist that he guarantee the right to freedom of expression, freedom of association and peaceful assembly.

mail to:
President Yahya Jammeh Office of the President Private Mailbag State House Banjul THE GAMBIA Salutation: Your Excellency International airmail postage is $0.98.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to femi peters
Please send a message of hope and support to Femi Peters. A sample message: “We recognize that you have been detained solely for organizing a peaceful demonstration, and we will continue to campaign for your freedom.” Letters should be sent to Femi Peters’ lawyer.

mail to: Femi Peters c/o Lawyer Ousainou Darboe 2 OAU Boulevard Banjul THE GAMBIA

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Global Write-a-thon 2010 – Write for riGhts
MEXICO:
WOMEN ASSAULTED BY POLICE
When the women left their homes that May morning in 2006, they never imagined the horrific experience that lay ahead of them. During a police operation in response to protests by a local peasant organization in San Salvador Atenco, more than 45 women were arrested without explanation. Dozens of them were subjected to physical, psychological and sexual violence by the police officers who arrested them. In the case of one of the women, police officers pulled her hair, beat her, and forced her into a state police vehicle with her shirt pulled over her head. She was made to lie on top of other detainees, and during the journey to the prison, police officers sexually assaulted her repeatedly. Once at the “Santiaguito” prison near Toluca in Mexico State, the prison doctors who examined many of the women failed to document all their physical injuries or to gather evidence of the sexual abuse they had suffered. Federal authorities conducted an investigation that resulted in a list of 34 names of police officers who were suspected of being responsible for the abuses, yet no further progress has been made. More than four years have passed since these abuses occurred, but neither the 34 named officers nor any other officials have been held accountable. Justice for the women of Atenco is long overdue, and now is the time to push for real justice. Ask President Calderon to not let this impunity continue.

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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the president
Call for an effective and impartial investigation into the torture and ill-treatment suffered by the women; Urge him to take advantage of the evidence on sexual torture already collected by the federal authorities; Call on him to ensure the criminal prosecution of all those responsible.

mail to:
Lic. Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa Presidente de la República Residencia Oficial de los Pinos Casa Miguel Alemán Col. San Miguel Chapultepec C.P. 11850, México DF MEXICO Fax: 011-52-55-5093-4900 Salutation: Dear Mr. President Airmail postage to Mexico is $0.79.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to the Women of atenCo
Please send messages of hope and support to the following 11 women who have made their names and stories public in an effort to hold the authorities accountable for the assaults in Atenco: Suhelen Gabriela Cuevas Jaramillo Claudia Hernández Martínez Norma Aidé Jiménez Osorio Bárbara Italia Méndez Moreno Yolanda Muñoz Diosdada María Patricia Romero Hernández Georgina Edith Rosales Gutiérrez Cristina Sánchez Hernández Mariana Selvas Gómez Patricia Torres Linares Ana María Velasco Rodríguez

mail to: [name of woman] Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez A.C. Serapio Rendón No. 57-b Col. San Rafael C.P. 06470 México, DF MEXICO

a sample messaGe: “We hope that impunity ends, and that justice is done. solidarity and support to you!” “Esperamos que se termine la impunidad y que pronto se haga justicia. ¡Abrazos de solidaridad y apoyo!”
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Global Write-a-thon 2010 – Write for riGhts
USA:
REGGIE CLEMONS TO BE EXECUTED
reggie Clemons was sentenced to death in St. Louis as an accomplice in the 1991 murder of two young white women, Julie and Robin Kerry, who plunged from the Chain of Rocks Bridge into the Mississippi River. Two other black youths were also convicted, including Marlin Gray (executed in 2005). Clemons has consistently maintained his innocence. His case illustrates many of the flaws in the U.S. death penalty system. At the time of the trial, the prosecution conceded that Clemons neither killed the victims nor planned the crime; there is no physical evidence that ties him to the crime itself or the events leading up to it. Clemons alleges that he confessed under the pressure of police brutality to raping one of the victims. He never confessed to the murders. He subsequently retracted his confession. Two other suspects independently alleged mistreatment by the police. Witnesses attest to Clemons’ face being swollen after his interrogation. Four federal judges have agreed that the prosecutor’s conduct was “abusive and boorish.” The prosecutor had a history of criticism from both state and federal courts, and compared Clemons to two convicted serial killers, despite Clemons’ clean record. Clemons’ lawyer had experienced some past complaints as well. His co-counsel had a full-time job in another state during her representation of Mr. Clemons, resulting in poor preparation for the trial. Of equal importance when considering the case of Mr. Clemons, is the question of race; not only were the murder victims white, but the two crucial witnesses were as well. The three convicted defendants were black, and during jury selection, blacks were disproportionately dismissed, resulting in an unrepresentative jury, given St. Louis’ sizeable black population. The jury’s flaws were also noted in 2002 by a U.S. District Court judge who ruled Clemons’ death sentence should not stand because six prospective jurors had been improperly excluded at jury selection.

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YOU CAN HELP:
1. Write a letter to the Governor
Urge him to commute the death sentence of reggie Clemons.

mail to:
The Honorable Jay Nixon Governor of Missouri c/o Amnesty International USA Attn: Brian Evans 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 5th Fl. Washington, DC 20003 Salutation: Dear Governor U.S. domestic postage is $0.44.

2. Write a letter of sUpport to reGGie Clemons
Please send messages of hope and support to Reggie Clemons. Be aware that all mail is opened at the prison before being delivered to inmates, so it’s best not to include any personal information such as phone numbers or email addresses. Also, stamps can’t be sent to inmates, so please don’t enclose any in your message. A sample message: We hope that justice prevails in your case! stay strong, and know you have our support.

mail to: Reginald Clemons #990102 Potosi Correctional Center 11593 Highway O Mineral Point, MO 63660

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