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OUTfront Seattle Write-A-Thon
OUTfront Seattle Write-A-Thon
Every year Amnesty International activists around the country come together to do what AI does best: use the power of ink! Amnesty International's letter writing campaigns have helped to free over 40,000 prisoners of conscience worldwide. OUTfront Seattle is proud to host this year's Seattle Write-A-Thon, along with Amnesty International Puget Sound and Amnesty International Group 4.

Come celebrate International Human Rights Day with OUTfront and help write enough letters demanding the freedom of prisoners of conscience - someone imprisoned solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs - that worldwide attention is drawn to their cases. Some of this year's "Special Focus Cases" include:

Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who used his Yahoo! e-mail account to send a message to a U.S.-based pro-democracy website. Authorities used e-mail account holder information supplied by Yahoo! to sentence Shi Tao to 10 years in prison.

Ma Khin Khin Leh of Myanmar, who was arrested while planning a peaceful demonstration in support of the National League of Democracy (NLD) and sentenced to life imprisonment. Years earlier the political party NLD had won a parliamentary majority, but the election was overturned by the military.

Fathi el-Jahmi, arrested by Libyan authorities in 2002 after he called for free speech and political reforms during a conference in Tripoli. For that "crime," he was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released in March 2004 following international pressure but authorities detained him again just weeks later after he repeated his call for democracy during a television interview.

Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage, who were sentenced to 15 and 10 years in prison, respectively, by an Indonesian court in May 2005 on charges of treason for having "betrayed" Indonesia by flying the outlawed Papua flag.

This is Seattle's chance to make a difference and be part of the Human Rights movement. Come by for two hours and see how many letters you can write or make a little time to come by and write one letter. The event will take place on December 10, 7-9 p.m., at Kaladi Bros Coffee in Seattle (511 East Pike). Supplies will be provided. For more information visit www.outfrontseattle.org.

An Amnesty International press release

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