If you want to know why letters are important, just ask Yusak Pakage.
Yusak was serving a 10-year prison sentence in Indonesia simply for taking part in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony. Amnesty International supporters campaigned for his release, and in 2010, authorities freed him. He knows from personal experience the impact Amnesty’s letters can have.
“Amnesty is … the strength for those drowning … the friend of the excluded … the protector of those in need … and the hope which keeps our hope alive,” Yusak Pakage told Amnesty International members after his release from prison.
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Senior Campaign Director, Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International USA