Great news to start 2012 – in response to Write a Thon letters from Amnesty International Southern Oregon members and supporters, and others across the world:
Jabbar Savalan, the 19 year-old student who spent almost 11 months in prison after calling for a protest on Facebook, was granted a presidential pardon and freed from jail in Azerbaijan on December 26, 2011!
Also, we wrote on behalf of Valentina Cantu, a brave indigenous woman in Mexico who demanded justice from unsympathetic authorities after she was raped by Mexican soldiers. The Mexican
government, nine years into Valentina’s battle for justice, has now formally taken responsibility for the rape and abuse of Valentina.
Your letters are making a difference. Thank you for writing.