Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 264

Today's giving was through Amnesty International. I read through many petitions, here are the one's I wrote letters for today:

  • The first was one was for Jabbar Savalan, a 20 year old student who was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on May 4, 2011. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and condemns his conviction on fabricated drug charges. I wrote a letter asking for his immediate and unconditional release from prison.
  • I then wrote a letter for Sanjiv Kumar Karna and four other students, who were last seen on Oct. 8, 2003 in Janakpur, Danusha District. Karna , a 24 year old student, was picnicking with a group of friends when he and 10 others were arrested by security force personnel. The students were reportedly brutally beaten. Six were subsequently released but Sanjiv and four others have not been heard of since. Police investigations into what happened to these five students have not been made public, nor has anyone been held accountable for their disappearance.
  • I made a last minute effort and signed the petition to stop the execution of Troy Davis. The execution is currently on hold!
  • The last one was to urge Sierra Leone's health minister to make maternal health a priority and to take immediate action to ensure that pregnant women and girls have access to all essential emergency obstetric care drugs and health care throughout their pregnancy. In spite of the government’s efforts over the last two years to introduce various initiatives to address challenges pregnant women and girls face in accessing drugs and medical care crucial to ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth, the challenges persist and many women continue to be denied access to care. Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. The absence of emergency obstetric care violates women’s right to health and puts their lives at risk. 
The 100 day countdown starts now!

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