An annual campaign Once a year, between 1st November and 31st January, Amnesty International UK asks supporters to send cards with messages of HOPE and SUPPORT to people all over the world who have suffered HUMAN RIGHTS abuses.
An annual campaign These cards offer hope and encouragement to those people and can help to make them feel safe. The impression their mail makes on police, prison staff or political authorities can help to keep them safe.
Campaign 2005: Good news UPDATE: GOOD NEWS - 3 November 2006 Amnesty International welcomes the release a few days ago of Eritrean gospel singer Helen Berhane, who had been detained incommunicado without charge or trial for two and a half years at Mai Serwa military camp. Helen Berhane was among 2,000 detained members of banned evangelical churches in Eritrea, including her own Rema church, which has been subjected to sustained persecution by the Eritrean government in the last four years. She spent most of her detention in inhuman and degrading conditions inside a metal shipping container which was used as a prison cell. The authorities reportedly tortured her many times to make her recant her faith. In October 2006, she was admitted to hospital in Asmara as a result of new beatings. She was released in late October but is said to be confined to a wheelchair due to the injuries she sustained to her feet and legs. She refused to abandon her faith despite the threats and ill-treatment. Many thanks to all those who have taken action on this case. No further action for Helen Berhane is required at this time. Notwithstanding Helen Berhane's release, Amnesty International remains concerned that the systematic persecution of people on the basis of their religion continues unabated in Eritrea. RELEASED FOLLOWING THE 2005 CAMPAIGN!
Campaign 2007 4 cases picked out especially for young people – representative of different issues, and across different continents
Four key cases for us AZER BAIJAN RUSLAN, MAKSIM AND DMITRI CHINA Ye Guozhu ZIMBABW E Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) YEMEN: Fatima Hussein al-Badi
Ruslan, Maksim & Dmitri - Azerbaijan Their crime? Accused of murdering another teenager. They say they are innocent. The consequence? They say they have been tortured. They did not receive a fair trial.
FATIMA HUSSEIN AL-BADI - Yemen Her crime? She has been accused of murdering her husband. The consequence? The police told her to confess to the crime. She refused. She has had no lawyer to defend her. Please..... send a message of hope!
YE GUOZHU - People's Republic of China His crime? He asked to organise a peaceful protest for being forced to leave his home to make way for building. The consequence? He was arrested, sentenced to 4 years in prison, and he has been tortured. Please..... send a message of hope!
ZIMBABWE - Women of Zimbabwe Arise Their crime? They have led peaceful marches to protest about the difficult situation in their country. The consequence? They have been arrested, beaten up, not allowed to speak to a lawyer or to have food or medical care. Please..... send a message of hope!
Send cards – a message of support Add name and address (could be initials + school address) No AI cards No politics Contribute to postage (not compulsory!) Postcard + 10g letter - 54p 20g letter - 78p 40g letter - £1.24 You are in my thoughts! GET ACTIVE - JOIN THE GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN! Friday - Piazza hut - 1.15 onwards I support you! Thinking of you!
Dmitri, Maksim & Ruslan - Azerbaijan Send religious OR non religious cards in English, Azeri, Turkish, Russian –to Dmitri, Maksim & Ruslan The Ashcombe School, Dorking, UK November 2007 Dear Dmitri, Maksim and Ruslan 'With best wishes' s nailuchshimi pojelaniyami Your name Contribute to postage if you can With best wishes Dmitri Pavlov, Maksim Genashilkin and Ruslan Bessonov C/o Elhan SADYHOV, Head of the pre-trial detention centre g. Baku AZ1044 pos. Shuvelyany Ul. Almaz - ilbrim 41 SIZO-3 Azerbaijan
FATIMA HUSSEIN AL-BADI - Yemen Send cards – a non-religious card or a card representing the Muslim faith with a message of support in English or Arabic to Fatima via her lawyer The Ashcombe School, Dorking, UK November 2007 Dear Fatima My thoughts are with you Your name Contribute to postage if you can Thinking of you My thoughts are with you. You are in my thoughts Mrs Nasser PO Box 16020 Hadda Sanaa Republic of Yemen
YE GUOZHU - People's Republic of China Send cards in English or Mandarin Chinese – a message of support to Ye Guozhu The Ashcombe School, Dorking, UK November 2007 Dear Ye Guozhu In solidarity with your important human rights work. Your name Contribute to postage if you can Ye Guozhu 109-12, Caobai Jianyu Jingshanxian Chadianzhan Hanguqu Tianjingshi Peoples Republic of China 300481 In solidarity with your important human rights work
ZIMBABWE - Women of Zimbabwe Arise Send cards to the WOZA movement – a message in English, Shona, or Ndebele, The Ashcombe School, Dorking, UK November 2007 Dear members of WOZA 'In solidarity with your important human rights work' Your name Contribute to postage if you can WOZA PO Box FM 701 Famona Bulawayo Zimbabwe In solidarity with your important human rights work
You are listening to..... Emmanuel Jal (from southern Sudan) & Abdel Gadir Salim (from northern Sudan) Ceasefire [World Music Network; 2005] The peace following the brutal north-south civil war which pitted the Muslim, Arab, and comparatively wealthy north against the south has been encroached upon by the violence in Dafur, but the lyrics of both men reflect on the hope for lasting peace in their country. Music obviously cannot put a wrecked nation back together, but it can be one of the first steps toward reconciliation Ceasefire is a celebration of peace that looks forward to better days. extracts from article by Joe Tangari, pitchfork record reviews
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