A prisoner of conscience freed

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Members of the local Amnesty International group thank those of you who joined their efforts to bring hope and human contact to a small group of people from around the world whose human rights are being severely jeopardized.  We have now learned that one of those people, Femi Peters, who Amnesty International had designated to be a “Prisoner of Conscience,” is now free.   He was released by the Gam- bian government on Dec. 10, Human Rights Day, months before he was originally scheduled to be freed.  

We have no idea that the fact that the government of the Gambia knew that they would be receiving many hundreds of letters on behalf of Femi Peters is what persuaded them to release him early. We do know, from years of experience, that no government, wherever it be, is insensitive to having the world look in on the failures of its justice system to meet internationally accepted standards.  

More than 75,000 people participated in this year’s “Write for Rights” efforts throughout the nation, generating more than 240,000 letters on behalf of Femi Peters and 11 other cases. From Las Vegas, we sent 150 cards.

Carrol Pearson
Amnesty International
Group 463 Las Vegas