Urgent Action


Please see below for Urgent Actions that you can take to support our Campaigns and People at Risk.

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Please see these two Urgent Action cases who need support this month.

As we will be unable to send a group signed letter please email your own letters. Please ensure that your letters are designated on behalf of AI Canterbury Group.

Viktar Serhil:

Viktar Serhil is at imminent risk of execution in Belarus after his conviction and death sentence were upheld by the Supreme Court on 31 January. Viktar Serhil can now appeal to President Lukashenka for clemency, but it is extremely unlikely that it will be granted. Soon after clemency is refused, Viktar Serhil may be executed.

Email: contact@president.gov.by

Please see Amnesty International Resources page for draft letter and more details: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/2020-03/First%20UA%202420_0.pdf?W0x8eltEmVIMAzn_gU6Q_itxXCFCFYLq=

Baradine Targuio

President of the Chadian Human Rights Organization (OTDH), Baradine Berdei Targuio, was arrested in front of his wife and children at his home in N’Djamena by masked and armed individuals, on 24 January 2020. Reportedly taken to the National Security Agency (ANS), his family has not seen him since. Given several previous cases of people being tortured and ill-treated at the ANS, Amnesty International believes Baradine Berdei Targuio could also be at risk.

Email: contact@presidence.td

Please see Amnesty International Resources Page for more details and a draft letter to be sent: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/2020-02/First%20UA%20720_0.pdf?tRyWruEaVnD4_LzjE9xV1Ty3e9RL5rm1=


NAZANIN ZAGHARI-RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a British mum serving a five-year prison sentence in Iran – for a crime she didn’t commit.

The latest information is that she has been paroled to live with her parents in Iran due to the CoVid 19 outbreak. At least in their care she has an opportunity to recover some health.

There are some unsubstantiated rumours that she may be released as an act of clemency as Iran struggles to contain the CoVid 19 outbreak. We hope that she can be released soon to return to the UK and be re-united with Richard and Gabriella.

Please see link: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/nazanin-zaghari-ratcliffe-prison-leave-coronavirus-iran-tehran-richard-a9432181.html

Please also see a poem written by Nazanin below:

A Yard of Sky

Sometimes days can pass

Without me seeing the sky

Except that small piece with the lonely cloud

Brooding over the prison yard

Our view in this far off place

While elsewhere the trees bloom

And the sun dazzles

And the leaves fall

And the snows come again

In our yard of sky

Days do not differ

They do not pass, but repeat

As a mother alone

These days I am a lonely mother:

I bathed my baby in my tears of goodbye

My arms full of cuddles now ended,

With kisses of hope

For her return

On an adventure to be with her hero

Who she could only imagined for more than half her life

A reality now to mend.

I was left behind

With my repeating

While outside passes by and on

Tears my food, fears filling my mind

Solitude too often my friend, and doubt my relentless foe

What if they never let me go?

Laughter become my past, sorrow only my present

And hope on a horizon hard to see

Yesterday we sat in the yard

We welcomed the newcomers from solitary

And baked scones for breakfast

Which we ate with pistachio peel jam

Willing it to taste sweet

We showed them the yard of winter sun

Wishing it to be warm

I talked of the almond tree

In my grandparents’ village up in the hills.

It survives the wind and cold and storm

Then bears the most beautiful blossoms

And almonds so sweet in May

I talked of the almond tree we have at home

Now far away

I talked of being strong

To myself as well as to those listening

For when the seasons move again.

Freedom needs its faiths

That faith is our survival

Within these walls of recurring days

And absences

Across the swirling storms of Iran

That lonely days of separation will pass,

That the walls will fall

That beyond the pale sun

Injustice will become a shadow

And our trees of solitude will blossom again

In the sky beyond the yard.

One day we will sit on our own balcony

And see the sky open wide

Watching the seals in their sunbathing

A new breakfast of scones and jam

Understanding their sweetness anew

With the happiness in arms so long out stretching

And cuddles no longer missed

Now to fill a new life.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Evin Prison, Winter 2019


PHILIPPINES CAMPAIGN

Please see below for letter to be sent on the 1000th day of the imprisonment for Senator Leila de Lima.

SENATOR de LIMA

20th November 2019 marks the 1000th day that Senator Leila de Lima has been wrongfully imprisoned on politically motivated charges. As Amnesty Canterbury is campaigning especially for justice in the Philippines we ask our supporters to print the attached letter and send it to the Philippine Embassy. senator-de-lima-letterDownload