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This year, we're standing with 10 individuals and communities facing human rights violations around the world. Warm up for December 10 by sending emails for these urgent cases!

AZERBAIJAN: Bayram Mammadov and Giyas Ibrahimov,

Azerbaijan

Tortured and jailed for graffiti

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AZERBAIJAN: Bayram Mammadov and Giyas Ibrahimov,

Azerbaijan

Tortured and jailed for graffiti

Two young students, Bayram Mammadov and Giyas Ibrahimov, dared to criticize the state in the most public way they could. They painted a defiant message on the statue of Azerbaijan’s former president – on the eve of his birthday. On October 25, Giyas received a sentence of 10 years in prison. Bayram is locked up awaiting trial. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison - all for a Facebook post criticizing the government. Urge Azerbaijan’s president to make sure that Bayram Mammadov and Giyas Ibrahimov are released right away.

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  • Bayram and Giyas were tortured into confessing to possession of heroin, which was planted on them – a ruse used by police whose real motives were to punish the students for spraying graffiti on the statue of the former president of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliy

President
Ilham Aliyev
Office of the President
19 Istiqlaliyyat Street
Baku, AZ 1066
Azerbaijan

office@pa.gov.az

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CAMEROON: Fomusoh Ivo Feh

Cameroon

Locked up for sending a text message

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CAMEROON: Fomusoh Ivo Feh

Cameroon

Locked up for sending a text message

Fomusoh Ivo Fehwas was jailed after forwarding a humorous text message to a friend. He could be sent to prison for between 10 and 20 years. Sending a text message is not a crime. Insist that Cameroon drops all charges against Ivo and lets him go.

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  • Sending a text message should not mean 10 - 20 years in jail.

President of the Republic of Cameroon
His Excellency Paul Biya
P.O. Box 95
Yaoundé
Cameroon

cellcom@prc.cm

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CANADA: Stop Site C Dam

Canada

Indigneous peoples' rights must be respected

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CANADA: Stop Site C Dam

Canada

Indigneous peoples' rights must be respected

The $8 billion plus Site C hydroelectric dam would flood more than 100 km of the Peace Valley and its tributaries in northen British Columbia. The flooding would submerge hundreds of cultural and historic sites, and destroy vital wildlife habitat and lands where the Dane-Zaa, Cree, and Métis peoples hunt, trap, and gather berries and medicines. The federal and provincial governments approved construction of the dam even though their own environmental review process concluded that flooding the valley would “severely undermine” the ability of Indigenous peoples to carry out hunting, fishing, and other traditions protected by treaty, the Canadian Constitution and international law. Even though the case is still before the courts, the provincial government has pushed ahead with construction.

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  • The construction of the Site C dam in northern B.C. is opposed by Indigenous communities who would be severely affected. Tell Canada to stop ignoring the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Prime Minister of Canada
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0A2
Canada

justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

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CHINA: Ilham Tohti

China

Peaceful activist jailed for life

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CHINA: Ilham Tohti

China

Peaceful activist jailed for life

Ilham Tohti is a well-respected university professor, known for his moderate views on ethnic issues in China. Yet in January 2014 he was taken from his home in Beijing by police. For five months, family and friends were not told where he was. He was denied food for 10 days and had his feet in shackles for 20 days straight. Then in September 2014 he was given a life sentence –supposedly for stirring up ethnic hatred. Demand action. Tell China to release Ilham Tohti immediately and unconditionally.

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  • Ilham Tohti is being cruelly punished for peacefully defending the rights of Chinese minorities.

Director
Fan Jun
Prison Administration Bureau of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
No.626 Xinquanjie
Tianshanqu, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region 830002
China

chinaemb_ca@mfa.gov.cn

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EGYPT: Shawkan

Egypt

1000+ days in jail for taking a photo

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EGYPT: Shawkan

Egypt

1000+ days in jail for taking a photo

Photojournalist Shawkan was arrested, tortured and jailed for taking photos during angry demonstrations in the centre of Cairo on 14 August 2013 after the government had thrown the former president out of office. The many charges against him include “disturbing public peace” and “joining a criminal gang”. His trial is ongoing. If he is found guilty, he could be sentenced to death. It’s been three years since Shawkan was jailed. When he appeared in court in May, he told the judge: “Taking pictures isn’t a crime.” He’s right. Urge Egypt to drop all charges against Shawkan and free him immediately.

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  • Jailed for taking pictures, if found guilty he could face the death penalty.

Nabil Sadek
Office of the Public Prosecutor
Madinat Al-Rihab
Madinat Al-Rihab
Egypt

egyptemb@sympatico.ca

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MALAWI: Annie Alfred

Malawi

Hunted for her body parts

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MALAWI: Annie Alfred

Malawi

Hunted for her body parts

In Malawi, attacks on people with albinism have been increasing. Ten-year-old Annie Alfred was born with albinism. She could be killed for her body parts by people who think this will make them rich. Annie and others with albinism need the full protection of the law. Insist that Malawi protects people with albinism from being murdered.

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  • Annie Alfred and other people with albinism in Malawi are under constant threat from people who want to kill them for their body parts.

High Commissioner for Malawi
His Excellency Necton Darlington Mhura
The Embassy of the Republic of Malawi
2408 Massachussetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
USA

malawidc@aol.com

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Australia: Refugees on Nauru

Australia

Trapped in an open air prison

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Australia: Refugees on Nauru

Australia

Trapped in an open air prison

More than one thousand men, women and children are forced to live in appalling conditions in an Immigration Processing Centre on the small island nation of Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. They are forced to remain on the islands while their asylum applications are processed. Those recognized as refugees are denied the opportunity to settle in Australia. The Australian Government is deliberately driving adults and even children to the breaking point in order to deter other people from arriving by boat.

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  • Over one thousand men, women and children searching for safety in Australia live in appalling conditions on the small island nation of Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Many suffer from serious mental health problems which are inadequately tr

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
The Honourable Peter Dutton MP
Parliament House
PO Box 6022
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

minister@border.gov.au

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PERU: Máxima Acuña

Peru

A farmer defies one of the world’s biggest gold mines

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PERU: Máxima Acuña

Peru

A farmer defies one of the world’s biggest gold mines

Máxima Acuña is a peasant farmer in northern Peru who has taken on Yanacocha, one of the biggest gold and copper mines in the world, over the ownership of the land where she lives with her family. She has braved violent attacks from local police for refusing to leave. Máxima believes the harassment from police is an attempt to drive her away from her home so that the mining company can use her land. But she will not give in. Police have attacked her family numerous times and as recently as 18 September 2016 after which she was hospitalized. It’s a campaign of intimidation designed to make her want to give up her fight and leave. But Máxima is not going anywhere. “I will never kneel before Yanacocha,” she says.

Act Now

  • Write to the Minister of Interior.
  •  Start with Dear Minister.
  •  Describe who you are and what concerns you about the safety of Máxima Acuña.
  •  In your own words, ask him to protect Máxima from the harassment and
  • intimidation she faces every day.

Ministerio del Interior
Carlos Basombrío
Plaza 30 de Agosto s/n Urb. Corpac
San Isidro, Lima
Peru

dm@mininter.gob.pe

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IRAN: Narges Mohammadi

Iran

Jailed for defending women's human rights

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IRAN: Narges Mohammadi

Iran

Jailed for defending women's human rights

Narges Mohammadi was sentenced to 16 years in prison for defending women's human rights in Iran, and is being held without access to proper medical care. Already languishing in the notorious Evin Prison for more than a year, she is not receiving the critical treatment she desperately needs for her medical conditions, and has been cut off from contact with her children as a form of punishment.

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  • Defending human rights is not a crime. Call on Iranian authorities to release women's rights defender Narges Mohammadi immediately and unconditionally.

Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, New York, 100117
United States of America

iran@un.int

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USA: Edward Snowden

United States

His courage changed the world

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USA: Edward Snowden

United States

His courage changed the world

When Edward Snowden shared USA intelligence documents with journalists in June 2013, he revealed the shocking extent of global mass surveillance. He’s a hero, not a traitor. The charges Edward Snowden faces under the Espionage Act are outdated and ill-equipped to deal with the circumstances of his case. He faces decades in prison, accused of selling secrets to enemies of the USA. With no guarantee of a fair trial in his home country, he is living in limbo in Russia.

Act Now

  • Send a message to President Obama at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact asking him to pardon Edward Snowden, a whistleblower who acted solely in the public interest, before he leaves office in January 2017.

President of the United States of America
President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America

noemail@noemail.com
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

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