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Magdy Abdel Ghaffar
Ministry of Interior
Fifth Settlement
New Cairo
email: or Your Excellency,It is reported here that Ahmed Douma has been in continuous solitary confinement at Tora Prison since 3 December 2013!
Solitary confinement of more than 15 days is prohibited by the “Nelson Mandela Rule” in the U.N. Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.Ahmed Douma was sentenced for “protesting illegally.” His cell is next to a sewer. He suffers pain in knees and back, chronic headache, and insomnia. The prison administration ignores requests by prison doctors that he should be sent to a hospital.The Cairo Administrative Court has now postponed hearing his appeal until 16 May.I urge you to ensure:
— That Ahmed Douma’s solitary confinement ends immediately.
— That he is sent to an outside hospital as recommended by prison doctors.
— That his appeal against imprisonment should be heard very soon.Yours respectfully and sincerely,It’s good to send a copy to the ambassador in your country:
HE Yasser Reda
Embassy of Egypt
3521 International Court, NW
Washington DC 20008
embassy@egyptembassy.neHE Mr Nasser Ahmed Kamel
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
26 South Street
London W1K 1DW Information is from Amnesty International’s Urgent Action 91/17 of 24 April 2017:
HE Professor Peter Arthur Mutharika
President of the Republic of Malawi
Office of the President and Cabinet
Private Bag 301
Capital City
Lilongwe 3
MalawiYour 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:
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 ArabiaYour 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: @KingSalmanAmbassadors (you can address them as “Your Escellency”
HE HRH Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz
HE Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah al-Saud
@SaudiEmbassyUSAAshraf 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.
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 ArabiaYour 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 ChinaI 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.