October 16, 2006

Amnesty International Write-a-thon at Zocalo on Saturday October 21

Amnesty International is a group that works to prevent and stop human rights abuses, and works for freedom of conscience and expression and freedom from discrimination.

One of the ways that they do this is simply by writing letters to officials of governments to ask that the governments release prisoners or stop abusing them. On Saturday, October 21, 2006, a local Amnesty International group will hold a write-a-thon at Zocalo Coffeehouse from 10am to 4pm to write letters on behalf of Petros Solomon and 10 others unjustly imprisoned in Eritrea.

Petros Solomon is a former minister in the Eritrean government and a member of the Group of 15 ("G15"), a group of politicians who signed a letter criticizing the President of Eritrea. He and ten other signers were arrested in September 2001 and have been held incommunicado, without charge or trial, ever since. Petros' wife, Aster Yohannes, has also been arrested. Amnesty International considers Petros and the other G15 to be prisoners of conscience, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

To learn more about Petros, the G15, and human rights in Eritrea, and to write letters to advocate for their freedom, stop by Zocalo on Saturday, October 21.

The event is free and writing supplies will be provided. Zocalo Coffehouse is located at 645 Bancroft Avenue (near the intersection with Dutton) in San Leandro.

For more info, email aiusa612@aivol.org

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 16, 2006 10:30 PM | TrackBack
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