Friday, June 26, 2015

Amnesty International Uniting Families - Thank you and VIDEO

Dear Amnesty International Supporter,

     Last year, we wrote to supporters like you about Rebiya Kadeer's and her son Ablikim’s story. The response we got was overwhelming. I am so happy to let you know that Ablikim was released from prison in May and is reunited with his family!

“My story is very dark. You’ll see why I’m so terrified for my son, having experienced the inside of a Chinese prison myself.”

     These were the words of Rebiya. The last time she heard her son’s voice, he was screaming, as Chinese police brutally beat him and dragged him away in a car. That was nine years ago. Like Rebiya, Ablikim has defended the rights of the Uighurs. And like her, the Chinese authorities threw him in jail for standing up for human rights. Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience and campaigned tirelessly demanding his release. Because of Amnesty International, because of supporters like you, Ablikim is alive. Rebiya said that she believes efforts by the international community helped to protect Ablikim during his detention:

"My son came out alive, and for that I am happy … I believe this is due to the concern shown by the international community and rights organizations, as well as pressure from western governments on Beijing.”

     Thank you for your support of Ablikim, Rebiya, and Amnesty’s efforts to keep them safe. And please know how grateful I am for your dedicated commitment to human rights.

     With grateful thanks,

     Claire Mallinson
     National Director
     Amnesty International Australia

Published on Jun 24, 2015 (1:44 min)
Around the world, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters are torn apart because they have bravely stood up for human rights.

GOOD NEWS: One of these families has just been reunited after Ablikim Abdiriyim was released from prison in May.