Saturday, February 26, 2005

Amnesty campaign

Amnesty International has seen an estimated 100,000 cards, sent to prisoners and others at risk around the world.

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said: "The simple gesture of sending a greetings card to people at risk is an amazingly effective means of helping to protect people and it can even play a small part in securing people’s release from wrongful detention.

Among the prisoners released:

Moazzam Begg, Feroz Abbasi, Martin Mubanga and Richard Belmar: British nationals held without trial at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere for around three years. Their families have expressed their gratitude for thousands of cards sent to them.

The 2004-5 greetings cards campaign included:
Ignatius Mahendra Kusuma Wardhana - a student organiser imprisoned in Indonesia for three years for “insulting the President or Vice-President”

Zheng Enchong, an imprisoned lawyer in China, no longer held in a solitary confinement, though still imprisoned in high security cell.

Of the 35 cases featured in last year’s campaign, 12 people were later released and at least four others experienced an improvement in their circumstances.

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