Letter Writing Evening on Tue 24th September 2019 at 730pm

33 letters written by 6 Amnesty members out on a wet and windy evening, all convinced letter writing changes lives. The addresses seem exotic – Bogotá, Geneva (for Iran), Lomé, El Paso, Moscow – but all with a less than exotic human rights record.

Letters were posted to:

  Colombia, where the situation for human rights defenders is critical – our particular concern for Danelly Estupiñan, under surveillance, threat to her security and life

  Iran, where the work of women’s rights defenders is criminalised – we called for the immediate and unconditional release of Monireh Arabshahi, Yasaman Aryani and Mojgan Keshavarz 

  Togo, on regulating the use of force and the policing of demonstrations – we asked for the death of 14 year old Rachad Mamam in 2017 to be investigated

  USA, on rejection of asylum claim of trans rights activist Alejandra – we urged the authorities not to deport Alejandra to El Salvador

  Russia, on detention of Crimean human rights defenders – we requested the immediate and unconditional release of Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants

All letters were copied to the country’s ambassador in London 

Venue: Thomas Oaken Tea Rooms, 20 Castle Street, Warwick, CV34 4BP

 

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