Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Amnesty International: Write for Rights 2021 - Report

Amnesty International, US, 12-20-2021.

2021 Write For Rights (10 Cases) 

Amnesty International Local Group 139, Madison, Wisconsin 

Report By: Azam Niroomand-Rad, PhD, Coordinator Group 139 

Summary outline of signatures collected by AI-139 members and friends (Not including online actions). Each case was mailed to the Amnesty International specified authority. 

(1) Belarus: Release Mikita Zalatarou and have fair trial for children. 

(76 Signatures) 

(2) China: Release Zhang Zhan immediately & stop censorship of journalists. (65 Signatures) 

(3) Egypt: Release immediately Mohamed Baker, Human Rights Lawyer. (66 Signatures) 

(4) Israel: End discrimination and harassment of Janna Jihad in Occupied Palestine. (63 Signatures) 

(5) Guatemala: Drop charges against Bernado Caal Xol who protects his heritage. (70 


(6) Mexico: Investigate violence against Wendy Galarza, childcare worker. (66 Signatures) 

(7) Nigeria: Drop all charges for Imoleayo Michael, computer programmer. (69 Signatures) 

(8) Thailand: Drop charges for Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, university student. (70 Signatures) 

(9) Ukraine: Investigate and end hate crimes against LGBTI Sphere NGO. (75 Signatures) 

(10) USA: Must Act Now. Demand unconditional release of Ciham Ali, US Citizen in Eritrea. (69 Signatures) 

Saturday, December 18, 2021


Amnesty International, 12-17-2021.

Tibetan monk Rinchen Tsultrim was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment in a secret trial for “inciting secession” after expressing political views on his WeChat account. 

Held incommunicado since August 1, 2019, his family members only learned of the trial, his crime and whereabouts through a response from the Chinese authorities to the United Nations human rights experts in August 2021. 

According to international human rights law and standards, no one should be imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. Without access to family and legal representation, there are grave concerns for Rinchen Tsultrim’s condition and wellbeing. 


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

MEXICO: Detainee Tortured to Death - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 12-8-2021.

On August 3, 2021, José Eduardo Ravelo died from multiple internal injuries, after telling his mother the police had tortured him in detention days before in Mérida, state of Yucatán. 

The prosecutor’s office carrying out the investigation of Jose Eduardo's death has publicly stated that torture or ill treatment did not occur during his detention, even before concluding the investigation, raising serious doubts about the seriousness and impartiality of the prosecutors. 

We urge the Attorney General to ensure an independent and exhaustive investigation into all possible crimes committed against José Eduardo, and to guarantee full access to justice and reparations for his mother.