Living Streamer Lyn Guyer urges us to take action on this Amnesty International case, regarding her daughter’s friend in Gambia. She writes,
As people all about justice, I am writing to ask you to consider writing two emails on behalf of Kay’s Gambian friend, Sait Matty Jaw. He is a human rights worker that is going on trial December 23rd. Kay was a student with him in The Gambia. The attached Amnesty International Action sample letter can be used so the emails will take only a few minutes of your time. It is a way to give international attention so the Gambian government knows we are concerned. Thanks for considering this as a Christmas present of using your influence to help bring justice.
Please write to the following Gambian officials regarding this case:
Minister of Justice and Attorney General Basirou Mahoney,
AG Chambers Ministry of Justice Marina Parade
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bala Garba Jahumpa
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad 4, Marina Parade Banjul, Gambia
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: +220 422 7917
Here is a sample letter for you to tailor in writing to these officials:
Re: URGENT RELEASE SAIT MATTY JAW AND COACCUSED
Pursuant to Amnesty International’s action alert, I call for your intervention in securing the immediate and unconditional release of human rights defender Sait Matty Jaw, along with his colleagues Seth Yaw Kandeh and Olufemi Ernle Titus. Their imprisonment compromises Gambians’ right to freedom of expression and is an unfortunate injustice in a country so dedicated to maintaining freedom and peace. Sait has always loved his country, worked hard as an honest citizen, and helped countless Gambian youth, women, and children.
I urge you to ensure that:
- the right to freedom of expression is protected and treated with respect;
- human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without hindrance or harassment; and
Sait Matty Jaw, Seth Yaw Kandeh, and Olufemi Ernle Titus are released immediately and with all criminal charges dismissed.
Yours sincerely, …