I signed up at the London Library last week to receive letters to sign, which will be sent for me to the governments concerning cases of individuals that Amnesty International deems are having their basic human rights violated.
I am not endorsing either Amnesty International or Global Importune, but I do think that the letters that they are preparing for me to sign and are sending out to governments is a worthy cause. If I was in a foreign country and my basic rights were being violated, I would want others to write the government violating my rights and ask them to correct the violation.
Based on “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise” (Luk 6:31), I have agreed to have letters sent to me and sign them and send them back in the provided self-addressed and stamped envelope. Perhaps you would be interested in this also.
Here is what the Home Page of Global Importune states:
“Global Importune (G.I.) is a non-profit human-rights group, originally based Montgomery County, just outside of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States of America.
Now based in the Canadian city of London, Ontario, G.I. is in its eleventh year of preserving, promoting, and protecting the human rights of all people through its letters of concern project.
As of December 16, 2008, G.I. has more than 579 actively participating members of its letter signing group [see below] and has been responsible in part for the release of at least 363 Amnesty International (A.I.) political prisoners as well as dozens of human-rights public outreach projects.
Each month, G.I. focuses on at least three different (A.I.) cases involving victims of human rights abuse. Most are what (A.I.) calls prisoners of conscience; people imprisoned solely for their beliefs, color, sex, ethnic origins, language, or religion, who have not used or advocated violence. Others may have been denied a fair and prompt trial, while others may have been tortured or “disappeared.”
If you decide to become a member of (G.I.) you should look forward to receiving the letters in the early part of each month. You have the option of
(1) Signing or not signing the enclosed letters;
(2) Copying the letters directly onto your own stationery [personal or
professional] and signing;
(3) Handwriting letters directly onto your stationery or
(4) Composing your own letters based on the provided information.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to return the letters to G.I. as quickly
****There is never a fee to participate in the monthly letter-signing actions****
Please keep in mind that personal letters of concern from caring (G.I.) participants have brought about a prisoner’s release, secured vital information, launched investigations, and even saved lives.
Your letters can and will have a tremendous effect in the fate of these individuals.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement working impartially for the release of prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners, and an end to torture, “disappearances”, and executions. Global Importune works to achieve the same overall goals as Amnesty International.
TO BECOME A MEMBER OF GLOBAL IMPORTUNE’S LETTER SIGNING GROUP, EMAIL ME THE WORDS:
“I would like to become a member of Global Importune.”
to Mark Konrad at the following email address:
Or call 519-434-2553 www.globalimportune.org
P.O. Box 39040 London, Ontario N5Y 5L1 CANADA”