Thursday, 17 April 2014

Record number of Czechs backing unfairly imprisoned people abroad

9 January 2013

Prague, Jan 8 (CTK) - A record number of Czechs supported unfairly imprisoned and persecuted activists throughout the world by signing a letter last year, Amnesty International (AI) said in its press release Tuesday.

The AI said it had received 5000 letters, 400 percent more than in 2011.

The messages from various parts of the world are sent each year to politicians and authorities in such countries as China, Belarus and Nigeria.

In December, letters in support of the unfairly persecuted were written in cafes, galleries and tearooms, in a pensioners' club, on a parish and at one birthday party, Martina Parizkova, from AI, said.

Pupils and students sent the biggest number of the messages.

"The absolute primacy is held by the Karvina secondary school, north Moravia, where the students wrote the incredible 1800 letters. This is almost double the number sent from the whole of the Czech Republic two years ago," Parizkova said.

In 2011, around 1,000 letters were sent.

Not only letters asking for release from prison, but also private messages and postcards supported Belarusian human rights fighter Ales Belyatsky or Nigerians living in the Bodo region afflicted by petrol leaks, Parizkova said.

She said the letters could help in making the authorities enable activists' contact with their family or lawyer.

Organisers presume that people from various countries in the world signed almost 1.5 million letters.

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