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Join Amnesty International's Greetings Card Campaign 2011


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renewalsh 3 years ago

PurpleHeatherUpdates a few months on

We can make a difference!

Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú

The Mexican government has announced that it has taken responsibility for the rape and abuse of Valentina Rosendo Cantú. To add to the great news, the government is expected to take responsibility for Inés soon too.

These formal Acts of Acknowledgement were originally demanded by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in August 2010 and now the Mexican government has agreed.

Jabbar Savalan

Imprisoned Facebook activist Jabbar Savalan was released on Boxing Day 2011 after he received a presidential pardon.

Whilst a pardon doesn’t mean the charges have been removed or overturned, his release is still great news and we will continue to campaign for freedom of expression to be respected.

The Deep Sea settlement

The Prime Minister of Kenya has announced a halt to all evictions in Kenya until legal measures are put in place to make sure that residents are not left homeless by evictions. Although this is positive, it comes in reaction to a violent eviction at the Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi at the end of January, in which three people are reported to have died.

Chen Guangcheng

This is one that hit the world media in the past few weeks. Mr Chen is now in the US with his wife and children after escaping from house arrest and making his way to the US embassy. 2 years ago

skitty1458mk2 3 years ago

PurpleHeather 3 years ago

PurpleHeatherJust one more day till the 2011 campaign ends

Do you have time to send any cards to people on this list?

Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to do any additional cards now so am marking this goal as complete.
Still 11 cards is good especially as one of my recipients was released from prison during the campaign!

Till November 2012 … human rights abuses won’t be eradicated before then but I hope not to see the same names again and to hear good news about this year’s recipients in the meantime. 2 years ago

CitrusOne 3 years ago

Todd Schoonover 3 years ago

Todd SchoonoverGreat News

Update 26 December 2011: Good news! Azerbaijani activist Jabbar Savalan has been pardoned and released today. He is now at home with his family. This is fantastic news but 16 prisoners of conscience remain in jail in Azerbaijan.

Many thanks to everybody that sent Jabbar a message of solidarity. 2 years ago

Zanna Campanula 3 years ago

~ John Lee ~ 3 years ago

Dreamer7787 3 years ago

Dreamer7787Six cards

Sending cards to:

Not as many as last year, but with all the cards I’ve been sending my funds are running a little low. I figured a few are better than none! I’ll mark this goal complete once they’re in the mail.

Note to self for next year: Buy special cards for this. The ones I got this year just didn’t have the right kind of pre-written messages.3 years ago

lob 3 years ago

lobjust sent

4 cards today, signed by me and my 2 oldest sons. 3 years ago

Zanna Campanulakeeping track

Ferhat Gerçek
Ragihar Manoharan
Hamad al-Neyl Abu Kassawy
Deep Sea Settlement
The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

cards on their way. 3 years ago

yogamom 3 years ago

PurpleHeatherFirst 11 cards now posted

Will send some religious ones to other recipients in early December then mark this as done. 3 years ago

PurpleHeatherToday's non-religious cards

go to:

PurpleHeatherWriting non-religious cards today

Cards so far written to:

And some more to come later on. 3 years ago


Forester321 3 years ago

PurpleHeatherBought some cards today

Next step is to write some messages of support in them and post them.

I’ll send some religous ones closer to Christmas to those who can accept them. 3 years ago

Forester321Cards Are Done

I wrote out the cards last night. Amnesty Int’l makes this pretty easy because they provide the addresses, salutations, and greetings. They also tell you what you can and cannot put in the card (religious messages, political messages, certain pictures, etc.)

If someone had a group (scouts, class, whatever) they have address label templates and message templates that you can print out on labels to make these up en mass. Then the group members just need to put them on cards and sign them.

A quick stop at the post office and this goal is done. 3 years ago

PurpleHeatherTop goal of the day!

Thanks to those who have joined me so quickly on this. We are currently the top goal of the day :) 3 years ago

bookish 3 years ago

PurpleHeatherUpdates from last year's campaign

As you can see from these updates writing a card can make a difference. For those with unchanged situations both the recipient and the authorities are aware of the international attention.

Eynulla Fatullayev
Released on 26 May 2011 following a presidential pardon.

Khun Bedu, Khun Dee De and Khun Kawrio
All three remain in prison.

Lubicon Cree
More than 2,000 cards and letters sent by Amnesty supporters to the Lubicon Cree last year showed the community the scale of the international support for them.

Nurmemet Yasin
Remains in prison.

Mohamed El Sharkawi
Released on 17 March 2011 after almost 16 years in administrative detention.

El Salvador
Ernestina and Erlinda Serrano Cruz
No further developments.

Equatorial Guinea
Five prisoners of conscience
All five men were released on 7 June 2011 after a presidential pardon.

Konstantina Kuneva
In December 2010, the attack on Konstantina Kuneva became part of a wider police investigation into cleaning companies in Greece.

Ronak Safarzadeh
Ronak remains in prison.

The October Protesters
No further developments.

Members of OPIM say the letters they received through GCC 2010 enabled them to show that they have international support. OPIM leaders received further threats in 2011.

Chekib El -Khiari
Released from prison on 14 April 2010 after a royal pardon.

Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC)
Coordinated physical attacks on WOREC staff have stopped and the police inspector has proved to be more responsive.

François-Xavier Byuma
Remains in prison.

Petrija Piljevic
No further developments.

South Korea
Park Rae-Gun
On 24 January 2011, Park Rae-gun was convicted for his role in organising protests and given a four-year suspended sentence.

Seven prisoners of conscience
All released in 2011.

Aleksandr Rafalsky
Remains in prison. Letters from Amnesty supporters are being
used during English lessons in the prison.

Troy Davis
Despite serious doubts about his guilt, Troy was executed on 21 September 2011.

Isroil Kholdorov
No further developments.

Le Thi Cong Nhan
Continues to be held under house arrest. (Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, who was jailed alongside her, was released into house arrest in March.)3 years ago

PurpleHeatherThe annual greetings card campaign has started - will you join me?

The annual Amnesty International Greetings Card Campaign brings people across the world in touch with each other in a simple way – sending a card with a friendly greeting or message of solidarity to someone who is in danger or unjustly imprisoned. These are prisoners of conscience, people under sentence of death, human rights defenders under threat because of their work, and others at risk.

The campaign, which runs from 1 November to 31 January, offers hope and encouragement to the people who receive our cards. It can also help bring about change – the impression their international mail makes on police, prison staff or political authorities can help keep them safe.

Every card matters. You can make a difference with just one card!

Also please remember that sending religious (inc Christmas images) can cause problems for the recipient so please read carefully the information about each person/group – some can receive religious/Christmas messages but others cannot.

Thank you all.

Here’s the info for the Amnesty International Greetings Card Campaign 20113 years ago

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