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"Open your newspaper any day of the week and you will find a story from somewhere of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions are unacceptable to his government...The newspaper reader feels a sickening sense of impotence. Yet if these feelings of disgust could be united into common action, something effective could be done." These words were written by Peter Berenson 25 years ago after he read of two Portugese students who were sentenced to SEVEN YEARS IMPRISONMENT for raising their glasses in a toast to freedom. Berenson launched an "Appeal for Amnesty" asking individuals to write letters to appropriate authorities, and attempt to let "THE FORGOTTEN PRISONERS" know that people cared about their plight. Since 1961 Amnesty International has grown into a world-wide movement of over 500,000 members in more than 150 countries. In 25 years Amnesty International has worked on behalf of over 30,000 political prisoners. In June 1984 a Yugoslavian student named Rexhep Kelmendi and thirteen companions were convicted of the "crimes" of "association for the purpose of hostile activity, counter- revolutionary endangering of the social order, and threat to territorial integrity." What they were really guilty of was peacefully distributing literature, and writing slogans on walls calling for formation of a new republic within Yugoslavia. For this they were sentenced to FIVE YEARS. You can put your feelings of outrage at this injustice into action, and work to help get Rexhep Kelmendi out of prison. Mail the letter below that is addressed to the Minister of Justice (the equivalent of our Attorney General) asking him to free Rexhep. Also please send a copy of this letter to President Reagan. Our hope is that President Reagan will respond, and that the Minister of Justice, fearing a response from President Reagan, will be prompted to release Rexhep. The Seattle area Amnesty International group number four would like to thank you in advance for your work on this political prisoner's behalf. If you receive any replies to your letters, or would like to find out more about Amnesty International, and the local groups, please call Geoff Berg at (206) 522-8422. THANKS! Dr. Petar Vajovic Sekretar Savenzni sekretarijat za pravosudje Bul. Lenjina 2, Beograd The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Your Excellency, I appeal to you to intercede on behalf of Rexhep Kelmendi, tried in June 1984 in the district court of Pec, Kosovo, and sentenced to five years imprisonment for the non-violent exercise of his right to freedom and expression, assembly and association. His imprisonment violates Articles 19 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Yugoslavia in 1971. Sincerely, cc: President Ronald Reagan The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington D.C. 20500

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