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I don't know how or why an unknown woman awaiting a death sentence in a foreign jail should suddenly capture someone's attention. I cannot give you a logical answer as to why she, out of the many millions that need our humanitarian help, should be singled out for our attention.

Yet Amina Ali Abduladif has been singled out in this way and, therefore, we are faced with her presence here on Daily Kos at this moment in time.

I have no photograph of this woman, no appealing photograph of her two year old son looking into the lens of a camera. I only have her name.

Amina Ali Abduladif

I wouldn't know this woman's name if Susanhu hadn't asked me, a bit irritatingly at the time because I was in the middle of a diary, to save a few dimes on a transatlantic call by telephoning Amnesty International in London on her behalf to  get some more information. Now I am stuck with this woman, this Amina Ali Abduladif.

I would like to walk away, pass her by on the other side of the road, but I can't.

Well, I'm sorry because I have now stuck you with her name. Blame Susanhu, not me, and the diary that she wrote.

Who is Amina woman? Well, I got this information from Amnesty's files:

YEMEN: Amina Ali Abdulatif (f), aged 21

Amina Ali Abduladif is reportedly scheduled to be executed on 2 May. She was reportedly sentenced to death when she was 14 years old, although the Yemeni Penal Code expressly prohibits the use of the death penalty against anyone convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18.

She was convicted of the murder of her husband, who had been killed in January 1998, and sentenced to death on 24 May 1999. She had reportedly been tortured to force her to confess, and has since maintained her innocence. Muhammad Ali Said Qaba'il was also sentenced to death for the murder, but it is not known when he is scheduled for execution

The court of appeal did not consider Amina's age, and upheld the sentence in July 2001. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence in July 2002, and the sentence was ratified by the president shortly afterwards.

Not long after the president ratified the sentence, Amina Ali Abduladif was, according to her lawyer, put before a firing squad. It was only when the executioners noticed that she was pregnant that the execution was stopped. According to her lawyer she had been raped by one of the guards at al-Mahaweet prison. As a result she gave birth to a child, who is with her in Sana'a Women Central prison, where she is now held, and is now very nearly two years old.

I have three problems in not being able to walk away from this issue.

The first is that I have a lot of respect for Susanhu, one of our best diarists. I respect her not just because she writes well and  has a good sense of what is right and what is decent but because she tries to do more than just blog at it. She tries to actively make a difference. That makes me feel a little bit guilty. Hell, I am not even a member of Amnesty International, like I should be if I am a true liberal progressive.

Sue managed to get the support of two other Kossacks to take an interest in this woman when she wrote her diary here. This is a start but not enough.

The second problem that I have is that I can't convince myself that I won't make a difference. I've tried, without success. I've asked myself if it is right to interfere in another country's judicial procedure, how do we know the real background, aren't there more important issues?

None of these questions give a substantial enough answer to allow me to now walk past Amina.

The third and last problem that I have comes from reading the latest update from Amnesty that says action now is urgent, important and can make a huge difference:

The Attorney General in Yemen has reportedly appointed a "special committee" to review Amina Ali Abdulatif's case. One of the aims of the review is to investigate whether Amina was indeed under 18 when she allegedly committed the crime. Her execution will be stayed until the committee submits its findings on the case to the Attorney General, who will then review her sentence. The Attorney General can recommend that the President commutes or ratifies her
death sentence.

So I can't walk by and leave Amina. Can you? There are50,000 members of Daily Kos, up to 500,000 daily visits. Sue got two responses. Can we show that we can do better than that? Can One or two more of us not walk past Amina because we have an urgent comment to post on the Anne Coulter criticising thread?

Within the space of time that it takes to post a comment on DKos, you can make a difference If you are from the USA you can send an email to and in Europe you can contact the Yemen Embassy in London at or the embassy in your own country.

Please send a copy to the respected Editor of The Yemen Times at

I shall be sending a simple email:

Re:Amina Ali Abduladif

Dear Ambassador

I would be very grateful if you would bring to the attention of your Government the very deep concern that I and many of my friends and colleagues have over the death sentence passed in regard to Amina Ali Abduladif.

In expressing this concern, we do so humbly, conscious that there are many instances where my own country has acted without proper regard for the humanitarian consideration of cases brought to trial. We cannot ignore, however, that Amina Ali Abduladif was just fourteen when the alleged crime was committed and that she is now the mother of a two year old child.

We hope that your country, whom we hold in respect, will feel able to exercise clemency in this case.

Yours sincerely

Keith Barratt  

That took me a fraction of the time to write that it took to blog this diary. And it meant that I didn't walk by Amina.

Please leave a short comment on here if you feel able to send an email and also not walk by. It is quite a challenge for Daily Kos, but think what an impact we could all make.

You may like to also privately email Susanhu, who is planning more personal responses to help in the plight of this woman and her child.

Originally posted to Welshman on Mon May 09, 2005 at 11:42 AM PDT.

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  •  And.. (4.00)
    ...whether you feel able to support Susan and I in this, your simple recommend of the diary will help bring this to the attention of other Kossacks. Thanks.

    New European Times, the forum where US and European Kossacks meet.

    by Welshman on Mon May 09, 2005 at 11:37:13 AM PDT

  •  Here is the e-mail address in the US. (4.00)
    General Embassy E-mail:
    •  Oh and thank you for keeping this issue alive (4.00)
      E-mail sent
    •  If your from Canada (4.00)

      you may also want to cc:

      Maybe you may want to mention that this may be a good item to distract Canadians about during the run up to the next election.

      •  Ambassador / Canada (4.00)
        The Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen in Canada is Dr. Abdulla Nasher, a physician who was the Chief of the Surgical Department in the Faculty of Medicine, Sana'a University, before becoming the Minister of Public Health. Dr. Nasher is also the father of three children, two of whom are students at the University of Calgary. I am hopeful that, as a physician and parent as well as an ambassador, he will respond to the appeals on behalf of this young woman with deep compassion.

        Contact information:

        Embassy of the Republic of Yem
        788 Island Park Dr.
        Ottawa K1Y 0C2

        fax (613) 729-8915

        Embassy email:

  •  Just sent the mail, (4.00)
         thanks for telling us.
  •  email sent (4.00)
    Thanks for keeping this issue alive.
  •  sigh (4.00)
    This REALLY should be getting more attention. I'll write an e-mail gladly, and wish I could do more.

    Side note: Speaking of walking on by on the other side of the road, check this out.

  •  E-mail sent (4.00)
    and diary recommended.

    All too often I do walk right by, but this is an issue that is really very important to me.

    I am against the death penalty, but that would not in and of itself cause me to do this.

    But this woman, known by name only, was only 16, and therefore this even matters to the people of Yemen.  Can we make a difference?

    I don't know, but if I'm not going to make a difference it won't be because I didn't try.

    Bush, so incompetent, he can't even do the wrong things right.

    by JAPA21 on Mon May 09, 2005 at 11:51:51 AM PDT

    •  Much the same (4.00)
      But email sent this time.  I hope we can make a difference.

      Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care. Give it fresh water and feed it clean air. -- Dr. Seuss

      by mwk on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:13:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Even worse ... (4.00)
      She was married off when she was 11, and had two children by age 14.  Her husband was murdered when she was 14.

      She was tortured into confessing to his murder.

      She subsequently was raped in prison and now has a two-year-old toddler.

      She was sentenced at age 16.  Even though Yemeni law prohibits executing minors, on May 2 -- that's last Monday -- she was to face a firing squad.

      We only found out about her case two days before her execution, so went to work.  The UK Amnesty office has also done great work with British politicians who pressured Yemen.

      My helpers -- Ken and Joyce -- have tried hard to contact U.S. politicians, as have I.  I've contacted several people in the U.S. State Dept., even the Yemen Desk, to no avail.  Sen. Cantwell's office has promised to get back to me, but hasn't so far.  Ken has contacted Sen. Boxer but I don't think he's heard back either.

      We also contacted every major news organization.  My daughter and I personally faxed the LATimes, NYT, USAToday, Newsweek, Seattle Times, etc., etc.  No coverage.

      Only has had stories about her case.

      FAIR has a great list of news orgs. with fax #s:

      Newspapers || ALL MEDIA

      Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

      by SusanHu on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:14:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I just sent a note to Keith O (4.00)

        Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

        by SusanHu on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:21:04 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Letter Sent (4.00)
        slightly different text, but many thanks to Welshman for the example and tone, and for this diary.

        Dear Ambassador:

        I am pleased to learn that your Government prohibits execution as a punishment for a crime committed by someone under the age of 18.  This enlightened humanitarian position still has not been completely adopted here in the United States.  Accordingly, I would be most grateful if you would bring to the attention of your Government my very deep concern about the death sentence passed upon Amina Ali Aduladif, whom I understand to have been 16 when the crime she stands convicted of was committed.

        I am heartened to learn that the Attorney General in Yemen has now appointed a "special committee" to review Amina Ali Abdulatif's case, and in particular to determine whether Amina was indeed under 18 at the time of the crime.  I hope that your Government, following this review, will feel able to exercise clemency in this case.

        Yours sincerely,

        Deborah M. Reyher, Esq.

        Fuzzy only works for pets.

        by NotFuzzy on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:29:08 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  me too! (4.00)

              I am asking you today to bring to the attention of your Government the concern of many of my friends, collegues, and peers over the death sentance given to Amina Ali Abduladif.

          I understand that my country has a dark history reguarding human rights; we have a few skeletons in the closet, so to speak. As a student, I am constantly confronted with the hypocracy and pain that these countless actions and policies have caused in the history of the United States.

          However, I am also confronted with the instances of good; the glorious times when people gathered togeather and in one unified cry decided that injustice can no longer be tolerated in a functioning society. These cases sometimes have come as great moments of unity, even if at the time disguised under the muse of factional strife.

          Your country, and mine, are becoming irreversibly interdependant upon peace, stability and rule of law worldwide. In the case of Amina Ali Abduladif, then, one might see that if gross injustice is done, a culture of lawlessness and opression will be allowed to survive in the whisperings of an older era, a time in which human lives are not reguarded with value, but are instead somehting to be negociated and destroyed whenever it can be made comfortable to do so.  

          Amina Ali Abduladif does not deserve to be executed; your country does not deserve to be held to such a low standard. I hope that you will relay the sentiments of myself and my fellow Americans on this issue with all speed that is possible to prevent this atrosity from taking place.

          I do hope that one day soon, all "criminal" proceedings are held up to an acceptible level of fairness, paicence, and transparency worldwide. I'm going to spend probably the rest of my life improving conditions in the United States, and I hope likewise your nation will take this opportunity to  raise the bar of justice one notch higher.  

          Yours sincerely,

          (my name here)

      •  E-mail sent (4.00)
        Sent a letter to Nicholas Kristof at the NYT. Thanks for informing us of this.

        My son, the Holy Church is on the right. But Jesus was always on the left. - Isabel Allende

        by lirtydies on Mon May 09, 2005 at 07:19:49 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Yemen Observer (none)
        The Yemen Observer has also carried some stories, including the claim that Amina's lawyer is being denied documents relevant to the case, which are being held illegally by the Head Prosecutor in al-Mahweet.  (That was some days ago, and the situation may well have changed.)

        More recently, they ran this letter to the editor in support of Amina.

        I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. -- Mark Twain

        by vinifera on Tue May 10, 2005 at 07:02:35 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Is that Welsh Guilt? (4.00)
    Assuage it here.

    Wage Peace! here:

    by MichaelPH on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:02:13 PM PDT

  •  FYI (4.00)
    A lot of people who read SusanHu's original post will have acted upon it, even if only two contacted her directly. I know I read it, then went on my radio show in Vancouver and spoke about it for quite some time. We had people calling in asking what they can do, so word is getting out there.

    Added to which, she was supposed to have been put to death last Monday, wasn't she? Clearly enough people are cottoning on as to make the Yemen government a little nervous, at least nervous enough to put things off for a while.

    Which is not to say we can all go back to eating our bowls of Trix and throwing the remote control at Wolf Blitzer's head - obviously more needs to be done, but I just wanted to say that we're not walking by anyone here at dKos. We're doing our thing in numbers. At least I am, and I suspect I'm no more special than any number of others.

    The thing is, unlike our Fearless Leader in the White House, we sometimes like to do our thing without blowing our trumpet about it.

    •  Thanks (4.00)
      I am sure Susan will appreciate knowing what you have done.


      New European Times, the forum where US and European Kossacks meet.

      by Welshman on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:18:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Agreed also (4.00)
      I don't know if I posted about it, but I sent letters to several media outlets. Sometimes I worry about being "eloquent" or saying the right things but sometimes it's enough that another voice says, "What about Amina?" Power in numbers, you know.

      That said, I will contact these outlets again and send a note to the embassy. I've noticed people contacting their senators. Would you also contact your congressperson or are senators more effective in a case like this. </stupid_question>

      Thank you for continuing to keep this issue in the forefront. It's heartbreaking but hopefully will have a better outcome.

      Teach your children well.

      by Debby on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:36:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think it may be important (none)
      To focus on the Yemenie Embassy also PLEASE PLEASE make sure you COPY a Senator or the whitehouse ......they will see that American's are pissed.
  •  Done and done. All we can do is put (4.00)
    one foot in front of the other to start the journey. Thanks to you and susanhu for a nudge on the shoulder to get the journey started.

    Most Americans are a lot dumber than we give them credit for- George Carlin 2004

    by maggiemae on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:11:26 PM PDT

  •  Email sent, (4.00)
    and diary recommended.  

    Done and done.  Many thanks for the post.

  •  E-mailed (4.00)

    I dunno.  I guess this just caught me at the right time.  Last night, my 3 year-old boy fell asleep next to me on my bed, and all I could think about was how fortunate I was that I could be there with him, safe and secure, when so many other parents and children in the world don't have that simple gift.

    That's not like me... I'm usually full of angry snark.  Maybe I'm just kind of waking up.  Kids'll do that, I guess.

  •  Welshman (4.00)
    What is the reaction of the United States government to this? What are they saying? Can we and should we bring pressure to bear on OUR government? Similarly, what of your UK government?

    "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

    by Armando on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:18:16 PM PDT

    •  I'd like Susan to answer, Armando (none)
      She has tried to make contact with Senators.

      I do think that direct action ourselves is the reasonable, considering the weight of concerns on our representatives.

      I do know that public opinion has an enormous effect on embassies. Why waste millions on advertsing holidays in your country and trying to attract industry and qualified personnel if one campaign over one single woman undermines all of this?

      I have posted this on New European Times, so I hope the Brits, Italians, Chinese (yes, we have a correspondent from China!) and all the others will react.

      (Armando - thanks for your support of the diary.)

      New European Times, the forum where US and European Kossacks meet.

      by Welshman on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:31:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Would it be worthwhile (4.00)
        to raise it with Congressmen? I'm talking with one tomorrow.

        "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

        by Armando on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:34:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  How excellent woukd that be!! (none)
          Great offer, Armando.

          New European Times, the forum where US and European Kossacks meet.

          by Welshman on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:39:43 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Three Words (4.00)
          Culture of Life.
        •  THANK YOU, Armando (4.00)
          Many of us are trying our senators and reps.

          I contacted both of mine:  Murray and Cantwell -- by telephone at their D.C. office.  This was as a follow-up to my facsimile sent to them two days before.

          Murray's office wasn't helpful. The young man said such matters get sent on to some agency or other, and he couldn't tell me where, and mostly wished to get off the phone.

          Cantwell's office was more receptive.  Took my information, said they'd get back to me, but they haven't.  

          Ken, a DKos member, is working on Boxer's office but could probably use some help.  (e-mail me at susanhu @ to reach Ken)

          I twice called the woman at the Yemen Desk at the U.S. State Dept.  Her phone number is (202) 647-6558.  She told me that all she does, all day, is field inquiries about Yemen.  She  suggested I contact the Yemen Times which has a new female editor and does good reporting.  She was not interested in pursuing the matter beyond that advice.

          I have written twice to Secretary of State Rice but have received no reply (not that one was expected):

          I also called the Yemen Embassy in D.C. last Monday.  The receptionist confirmed they'd received a large number of faxes and said she'd given them to the ambassador personally.  I left my number but have not heard back.

          I also called Democracy Now! in NYC but haven't heard back. Amnesty Intl in NYC couldn't help beyond suggesting I track the case via its Web site (as Keith points out, they're overwhelmed so I think what further happens in Amina's case depends on us).

          My daughter and I also faxed and e-mailed a large number of major media outlets across the nation, from the LATimes to the NYT.  

          Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

          by SusanHu on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:07:51 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Easy Positive PR (4.00)
          In addition to merely raising this issue with the House member, you may also want to suggest that s/he could help raise awareness of Amina al-Abduladif's plight by issuing a press release.

          Understandably, the Congressperson may need to take into consideration the nature of his/her constituents in the district, but it seems like the kind of thing that could be a good "photo-op" for them.  I know it sounds horrible to put a potential tragedy like this into such slick and cynical terms, but let's be political realists -- if the member thinks that a press release with a formal announcement could garner some face time on the local news or a feature in the newspaper, how can they resist that?

        •  Hope it's *CONYERS* (none)
          You know he's always there,when help is needed:::
    •  Some suggestions for this purpose (4.00)
      The Under Secretary for Political Affairs,
      R. Nicholas Burns
      tel 202-647-2471
      fax (202) 647-4780

      Assistant Secretary C. David Welch,
      Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA/FO)
      tel 202-647-7209
      fax (202) 736-4462

      Director Alan G. Misenheimer,
      Office of Arabian Peninsula & Iran Affrs (NEA/ARPI)
      tel 202-647-6184
      fax (202) 736-4459

      Yemen Country desk
      tel (202) 647-6558

      Thomas C. Krajeski
      U.S. Ambassador, Yemen
      Telephone: (967) 1 303-155 to 159
      Fax: (967) 1 303160/1/2/4/5

      U.S. State Dept. Contact Form
      Main Switchboard: 202-647-4000
      TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay Service)

      If you love dkos, you'll love: Booman Tribune. What are you waiting for? Become a member.

      by BooMan23 on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:34:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I have already sent the faxes (4.00)
        and made the calls. I will do it all again, just to let them know that I am waiting and watching to see what they do. The people who accept the calls are quite gracious and are perhaps somewhat surprised at the volume of the response opposing the execution. It is worth doing this, so thank you, Susan and Welshman.
  •  e-mail sent (4.00)
    and while we're at it, don't forget to throw some spare change in the direction of Amnesty International.
  •  Email sent (4.00)
    That felt right.  Sadly there are too many in this world that need a plea to spare their lives.  Maybe one at a time, we can raise their voices.
  •  Email Sent (4.00)
    It was difficult to come up with my own email, as yours was so beautifully written.  Starting with your example, I modified it somewhat and sent it on  I didn't want to allow this to become another excuse for "walking by."

    Thanks for keeping this matter in the forefront of our consciousness.  And thank you for letting us know what we could do to help.  I certainly hope it does (help).

  •  Thanks Welshman (4.00)
    I posted this on SusanHu's Diary but I think it bears repeating.

    "I have pleaded with her to eat something and to have hope," Mrs Nasir said. "She is very grateful for all those abroad who protested about her case. We believe it was this international intervention that saved her, as here she had become forgotten."

    Lets keep doing Yemen embassy's and ask if it's safe to travel to Yemen as a women.

    Ask as a father if your 16 year daughter could possibly face the death penality if you travelled to Yemen.

    Ask if rape and Torture is common practice in Yemen.

    Ask what will happen to that 2 year after his mother is shot.

    •  Mike, one thing we've been trying to do (4.00)
      is find out if there is any way we could get a package to Amina and her little boy.  A toy or two.  Perhaps some clothing.  

      But we need to reach her attorney to do so.  This is very difficult.  We have the attorney's full name but can't find a hone directory for Yemen.  One volunteer, Ken, is trying to get the Yemen Times to give us her contact info, but that's probably unlikely.

      If any of you are clever at knowing how to find #s in Yemen, please share!  And please volunteer to call, if you can.


      ALSO:  She had two daughters by the time she was 14.  One of her daughters died after being hit by a car recently.  That's all I know.

      Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

      by SusanHu on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:13:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hi Susan (4.00)
        Firstly, thank you and your friends so much for working so tirelessly on this issue.

        Secondly, I wanted to suggest that if you are able to get an address to send Amina a package, that please consider carefully what you send.

        I freely admit I am ignorant of normal Yemeni child-raising practices, but you might want to check, in terms of what you send for her child, as 'normal' toys for us might not be at all culturally appropriate or comforting for the child or mother.

        To give an example, after the tsunami, a lot of well-meaning Australians put a lot of time and effort into buying, shipping & distributing stuffed toys and the like to orphaned children in Thailand and Indonesia. Unfortunately, not only was this a rather misguided response in terms of need (these children needed food, shelter etc. firs and foremost), Thai & Indonesian children simply don't have and don't relate to stuffed toys etc.

        I hope you won't think I am implying you are anything but incredibly thoughtful, compassionate and inspiring in your efforts for Amina. I just know that it was a hard and unforseen lesson that a lot of caring Australians learnt about cultural differences at a particularly inopportune time.

        thank you once again for your efforts.

        "This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow

        by myriad on Mon May 09, 2005 at 04:33:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  KEN has made brilliant progress... (none)
        I will not say. I will let Ken share it.  It's very exciting.

        Ken is great.  

        And WELSHMAN!  The hours and hours that Welshman has put into this -- he's been rather modest in this diary about all of his work.

        (I've had this fantasy ... a girl can dream ... that if Amina and her toddler ever get out of that hell hole of a prison, it'd be the ultimate gift to bring her to the U.S.  I fear she'll be a pariah the rest of her life in Yemen.  It's just a dream.)

        Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

        by SusanHu on Tue May 10, 2005 at 07:01:27 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  sent (4.00)
    Thanks for the draft.  Here's my variation.

    Dear Mr. Ambassador

    Please bring to the attention of your Government the very deep concern that many world citizens have over the death sentence passed in regard to Amina
    Ali Aduladif.

    As an American, I am aware that my country often has acted questionably on this same issue, but one mistake does not justify another.  Amina Ali
    Abduladif was just sixteen when the alleged crime was committed and that she is now the mother of a two year old child. There is also some question about whether her confession was forced.

    Allah is just, compassionate, and merciful.

    If the confession was forced, then justice should seek the real killer. Compassion towards Amina's child would not take that child's mother from her.  And mercy...would reflect well upon the giver.  I hope your government will see its way clear to grant Amina all three.

    Yours sincerely,

    Coleen Christensen

    Hijack their frames! Cheap, easy, effective.

    by chriscol on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:23:22 PM PDT

  •  Done (4.00)
    Email sent.

    Thanks for not letting us forget about this.

    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. -Samuel Johnson

    by bhlogger on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:23:48 PM PDT

  •  I will make a plea on the radio (4.00)
    I host a world music and news program on a community radio station. The next program is this Wednesday evening. I will feature Amina's plight and provide email addresses over the air. Of course, Mr. Welshman (or is it Mr. Barratt?), I will do my own bit to help Amina. My reaction to her story is visceral - everytime I read about her tragic story, I feel sick to my stomach.

    Remember - IOKIYAR: Its O.K. if your're a Republican

    by AnneElizabeth on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:24:17 PM PDT

    •  Thank you! (none)
      That's terrific news.  Can we listen online?

      And I'll try Democracy Now! again, and will also contact INN World News.

      Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

      by SusanHu on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:25:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Wed night 8 -10pm est (none)
        If you are so inclinded (and would like to hear some great world music), you can go to wirenh and clink on WSCA community radio. It is a live stream link to the station (in Portsmouth NH). Amy is a good bet. I'm actually surprised she hasn't mentioned this case. Finally, thanks, Susan Hu, for all of the work you have done.

        Remember - IOKIYAR: Its O.K. if your're a Republican

        by AnneElizabeth on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:57:45 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Letter from Her Lawyer (4.00)
    This letter to the editor of the Yemen Observer was published this past weekend:
    Dear Friends,
    We have the pleasure to inform you that by the President of the Republic of Yemen thanks to YOUR highly appreciate active support in that matter.  We have together, hopefully, saved the life of a young mother who has a 2 year old boy.

    Your active support came to the personal attention of the President of Yemen, who gave order to revise Amina's legal file.

    Please, don't let Amina down in this delicate phase. We have to keep our support active in order to ensure, that Amina will receive appropriate  legal procedures according to Yemeni Law.

    We know that actions like the one you supported with your letters can save a life, but we are furthermore convinced that positive letters like the one you find in attachment today can change a complete system, which tomorrow will save the life of many innocent souls that receive wrong sentencing outside the applicable laws of the country itself as in the case of Amina.

    For this we kindly request you one more minute, to read through the attachment, to sign and send it, again, to the indicated e-mail addresses.

    We thank you from the bottom of our hearts:  your commitment makes this world a better place!  

    Shada Nasser of the Legal Centre and
    Fibi Kraus Ricerca e Cooperazione
    SANA'A (Saturday- May 7, 2005)

    Frustratingly, the Yemen Observer does not provide a link to any such attachment, and I cannot find this elsewhere on the internet.

    It is encouraging, perhaps, this article appears to confirm that it was in fact the Yemeni president who directed the Attorney General to investigate the case:

    Officials in the capital, Sanaa, said President Ali Abdullah Saleh was "moved" when he learned of the plight of Mrs Abduladif, who was convicted of murdering her husband when she was 16 despite insisting that her confession was forced from her under torture. The President has asked justice ministers to look again at her case and her lawyers are demanding a new trial.
        -- -- --
    Mr Saleh also wants to know why the courts broke their own rules by handing a death sentence to someone who was under 18 at the time.
    Although this all seems to be good news, it is important that further appeals continue to be made on Amina al-Abduladif's behalf.  The Yemeni president, Saleh, appears to understand that his nation's public image is being closely examined by the international community, and all this attention may make a considerable difference in the ultimate outcome.  Make it clear that we're all watching!
  •  Another email sent (4.00)
    I was worried for a moment that this might be another Andy Stephenson diary.
    Thank you for bringing this issue to the community in such a heartfelt way. We've seen this community work miracles before and I have no doubt we can do it again right now.
  •  Email sent (4.00)
    Thanks for posting this.
  •  Here are more places to appeal (4.00)
    His Excellency General´Ali ´Abdullah Saleh
    President of the Republic of Yemen Sanaa
    Republic of Yemen
    Faxes: 011 967 127 4147
    Salutation: Your Excellency

    Minister of Interior:
    His Excellency Dr Rashid Muhammad al-Alimi
    Ministry of Interior
    Republic of Yemen
    Faxes: 011 967 1 332 511
    Salutation: Your Excellency

    Minister of Human Rights:
    Her Excellency Amat al Aeem al Suswah
    Ministry for Human Rights
    Sana'a, Republic of Yemen
    Faxes: 011 967 1 444 838
    Salutation: Your Excellency

    Ambassador Abdulwahab A. Al-Hajjri
    Embassy of the Republic of Yemen
    2600 Virginia Ave. NW Suite 705
    Washington DC 20037
    Fax: 1202 337 2017

    The Ambassador:

    Deputy Chief of Mission:

    Media/Information Affairs:

    Political Affairs:

    General E-mail:

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    by BooMan23 on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:27:43 PM PDT

    •  And these are OUR employees.. (4.00)
      The U.S. State Dept. works for us, right?

      Yemen Desk at the U.S. State Dept.  
      (202) 647-6558
       -- She told me that all she does, all day, is field inquiries about Yemen.  She suggested I contact the Yemen Times which has a new female editor and does good reporting.  She was not interested in pursuing the matter beyond that advice.  But, let's call her anyway.  Nothing like a squeaky wheel.

      P.S.  I told her about my diary last week on Daily Kos.  I had to spell out Daily Kos for her.  She hadn't heard of it.  So, you'll need to be descriptive.  She has answered the phone directly the two times I called last week.

      I have written twice to Secretary of State Rice but have received no reply (not that one was expected):
      -- This page has MORE contact info.

      Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

      by SusanHu on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:12:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Email sent (4.00)
    Thanks for bringing attention to this SusanHu and Welshman.
  •  Email sent (4.00)
    Thanks for bringing attention to this sad event.
  •  email sent (4.00)
    thanks for the nudge.
  •  Done, Here As Well (4.00)
    But it seems such a small weak thing - sending emails.

    What about a phone nunber?

    If we had a phone # and a significant number of calls went out, that might give them pause, eh?

    What think you, Welshman?

    And great thanks to you and Sue.

    PS.  I have a bit of bad nerws for you, there is a girl in Indonesia who may die as well. She's an Aussie.

    But one girl at risk, at a time.

    You can't always tell the truth because you don't always know the truth - but you can ALWAYS be honest.

    by mattman on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:31:29 PM PDT

    •  Please post info (none)
      If there is another situation where some emails and attention could help, I'd like to know about it.

      Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care. Give it fresh water and feed it clean air. -- Dr. Seuss

      by mwk on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:08:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hi (none)
        I presume the reference above is to Schapelle Corby. She's a 27 yo Australian who was arrested at Bali airport after they found just over 4 kg of marijuana in her boogie board bag. Her trial has been ongoing over the last month, and the evidence against her is extremely flimsy.

        The most likely explanation is that the dope was being shipped domestically between cities (Corby had a domestic connection before flying out of the country)and that a baggage handler aka drug mule was meant to recognise her bag & remove the dope, but missed it, hence it was loaded on and flew with her to Bali.

        You'd have to be a complete idiot to think you could sell 4kg of marijuana in Bali for more than you can get for it in Australia; and there are heaps of discrepancies and failures by the Indonesian police that leave her case way beyond reasonable doubt.

        Just to be clear, she is not facing the death penalty; the Indonesian prosecution has demanded life, and there is tremendous pressure from both our politicians and the general public, and an ongoing media hysteria about this case in Australia already.

        Apart from that, 9 australians were arrested recently for muling heroin from Bali to Australia. They were caught re-handed in a joint operation by Australian Federal Police (AFP) & the Indonesian authorities. Outrage in this case is centred on the fact that the AFP requested the Indonesians arrest them in Indonesia, claiming they were worried the mules would swallow the heroin in containers - but this means they now face the death penalty, and Australia is strongly opposed to it. Now it's up to Australian authorities & public pressure to make sure they don't face that.

        In sum, I can't think of an Australian who is either deserving or requiring the attention Amina's case does.

        But I could be wrong.

        "This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow

        by myriad on Mon May 09, 2005 at 05:13:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  You Are Correct And Thank You (4.00)
          First, let me say that I entirely agree the Amina's case takes precedence over the Corby case to which I was referring, and which is why I did not specify the particulars of the Corby case.

          I absolutely agree the the most vigorous and immediate efforts MUST press on to save Amina's life.

          Having said that,  I was given to understand that Shapelle still may face the death penalty because the government of Indonesia's thinking is that,  as she has not yet been sentenced, it would be better to execute her on this bullshit charge as a life sentence would be a guarantee that the uproar and boycotts would just go on and on.  Kill her and then let the uproar die down, as it were.

          Any info you can provide to the contrary is most welcome.

          Back to doing all we can to save Amina.

          God,  I am so frigging SICK, of brutal, thuggish, represssive mysoginistic (sp) regimes that some days I think that there is no hope for homo sapiens at all.  We just refuse to evolve.

          You can't always tell the truth because you don't always know the truth - but you can ALWAYS be honest.

          by mattman on Tue May 10, 2005 at 06:47:29 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Hi mattman (none)
            I have not seen anything in terms of legitimate /knowledgeable commentary to suggest that the Indonesian government would choose to execute Shapelle, for the reasons (or any other) that you've suggested.

            My take would be that I highly doubt that the Indonesians would dare execute her, for a number of reasons: massive public pressure from Australians on both our politicians, and now a rapidly growing boycott of travel to Bali / Indonesia; and behind-the-scenes pressure from Australian officials (which while there have been some bunglings, quiet Australian Government assistance has been clearly evident in the provision of two QCs, for eg, to assist with her case).

            But by far the most pressing reason they will not piss of the Howard Gov't by executing her is that it would be a flagrant thumbing of the nose, given Australia's still-strong stance against the death penalty, to a country that just gave them $1 billion of aid in the wake of the tsunami / earthquake disaster, and has recently paid in blood (the 9 Australians who died in the helicopter crash) for that.

            Indonesian-Australian relations are at an all-time high, and we've already seen the value the Indonesian government places in that from A) the compltely flimsy conviction of Bashir on the basis of hearsay for his alleged role in the Bali Bombing; and B) the national medals for the Australians who died delivering aid & immediate visit by the new Indonesian President to Aus.

            Please don't think I think Shapelle's plight is trivial or in any way acceptable. I am still hopeful that the political winds will see her given a lesser sentence even than life, and be allowed to serve it here. But none of that negates the fact that she should clearly be found innocent, and not have her life wrecked any further.

            "This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow

            by myriad on Tue May 10, 2005 at 07:27:55 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Done (4.00)
    Thanks for this diary.

    Fight this generation, fight this generation...

    by daria g on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:32:29 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    to both SusanHu and Welshman - for bringing this to my attention.

    I am a member of Amnesty Int'l - but had not seen this story.  Contributing my letter now.

    These letters do make a real difference - and take no more time than a dKos comment.

    I support Soulforce - seeking Justice for God's GLBT children. Please join us.

    by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:35:52 PM PDT

  •  ok, done n/t (4.00)

    "We cannot let terriers and rogue nations hold this nation hostile. - W, 09/09/00

    by Bob Love on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:37:24 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, Welshman (4.00)
    I just did as you suggested and e-mailed the embassy and the Yemen Times.  Amina Ali Abduladif has been weihing heavily on my mind.

    Now I feel better, for her sake and her toddler's sake.

  •  Thanks for bringing this to us (4.00)
    Re:  Amina Ali Abduladif

    Dear Ambassador:

    I write to express my deep concern over the fate of Amina Ali Abduladif, who now awaits execution.  I understand that she was a minor child at the time of her alleged crime and is now herself the mother of a small child.  I ask you to extend my plea for mercy in this case to your esteemed government.  As an American, I make this plea with great humility, knowing that my own government has often shown haste and insensitivity in similar situations.

    All the revered moral traditions attach merit to mercy and forgiveness.  May the authorities in your great country find it in their hearts to relent in this tragic case.

    Yours most respectfully,

    Charles Van Wey

  •  Alright (4.00)
    I sent it.

    I hate the death penalty as much as a lot of people, but at least now I know I did something to help save someone from it.

    Thanks for posting this, Welshman.

  •  Done (4.00)
    Changed the wording a little and it's off -

    Thanks to both you (Welshman) and SusanHu for posting this diary.


    "History drips in the dark..." Robert Penn Warren

    by khowell on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:46:00 PM PDT

  •  Let's test my surefire strategy... (4.00)
    I have an idea...

    This is a long shot, but maybe worth a try. Does Amina have any relatives in America advocating clemency for her? If there are we can try out a strategy that I think will work, and past evidence shows is highly effective. Find out where Amina's pro-clemency relative is, and send the nearest local news affiliates (CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX) the backstory, the different parties, the passions of Amina's supporters, etc., along with contact info for the relative so they can get a video interview. If a relative is unavailable an Amnesty int'l worker heavily involved in the case could be substituted. The main thing is to find someone with a connection to the case who's willing to be interviewed by a local news station.

    As soon as it's a local story on a local affiliate it will be in the system and we can easily push the story onto the cable nets.

    My theory is this will work for almost any story. We just have to feed a general topic into the absolutely starved-for-content local news system and then let it filter up to the cable news nets and national newspapers. Along the way we can bundle all sorts of tangential items onto the corpus of the original story, provided it has enough valence.

    GOP = Grandstanding Old Party

    by Addison on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:47:35 PM PDT

  •  Yemen Ain't Birmingham (4.00)
    but injustice anywhere is injustice. . .

    Having been a frequent reader of Yemen Times since 9/11, I can suggest that expressions of empathy regarding two other issues -- journalistic freedom and internal terrorism -- which are respectively supported and condemned by this publication, may be welcome and increase the chance of a letter being published.

    It is the most widely read English language paper in the country.  I presume from that that the potential for influential Yemenis to read it are increased.

    Maybe that is good for Amina Ali Abduladif.

    They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    by Limelite on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:52:44 PM PDT

  •  Email sent, of course (4.00)
    I modified your excellent email slightly, pointing out that she was 14 when crime was committed, 16 when sentenced.  I also added that I was informed that their law prohibited the execution of minors.  I told them I appreciated greatly the fact that their government was reviewing the case. Also that it was only recently that our Supreme Court found that the execution of minors was cruel and unusual.

    Kept it very respectful and humble.  Honey is better than vinegar.

    We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

    by Mary Julia on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:53:54 PM PDT

  •  Email Sent (4.00)
    Thanks to you and Susanhu for bringing this to our attention. Too often, it's easy to feel hopeless and that nothing can be done to change an outcome but here's a chance to make a difference. Hopefully, our letters can bring about some change.

    There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated...insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason.-NoFx

    by SairaLV on Mon May 09, 2005 at 12:58:31 PM PDT

  •  While it doen't feel like enough, (3.75)
    emails sent as requested.

    Amazing, isn't it? If George Bush were the president of Yemen, our current efforts would have been too late.

    Dino Ironbody is my father.

    by strengthANDwisdom on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM PDT

  •  sent (4.00)
    it's the not much, but i am glad to contribute in some way.  thanks for the help and guidance.
  •  i linked to the first story on my blog.. (4.00)
    ...will send an email shortly, and will link again to your diary in hopes of spreading the word.

    this hits way too close.  thanks for keeping it moving, Welshman (and Susan)...

  •  I'm in (4.00)
    ...used NotFuzzy's template.

    Also shot a copy to a friend that does some work for the ACLU, who has a killer grassroots email list.

    Keep it going Welshman and Susanhu!

  •  Thank you Welshman. (4.00)
    I sent the e-mail.  You're a good guy.
  •  Sent (4.00)
    Letter sent

    But do not reject these teaching as false because I am crazy. The reason that I am crazy is because they are true.

    by kenjib on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:30:27 PM PDT

  •  Sent the email. (4.00)
    I hope it helps.

    I got troll rated by Bill in Portland Maine

    by Rupert on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:42:47 PM PDT

  •  I strongly encourage everyone here (3.80)
    to join Amnesty International.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:47:54 PM PDT

  •  Sent email. (4.00)
    Here in Germany:

    Kanzlei der Botschaft der Republik Jemen
    S. E. Herrn Yahya Ali Mohamed Al-Abiad
    Budapester Str. 37, 10787 Berlin
    Telefax: 030-8973 0562

    I will forward this diary to all of my friends.

  •  Email sent (4.00)
    Thank you for keeping this up to date. It's good to know that we may be able to do something instead of feeling so helpless. Recommended!

    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all- John F Kennedy

    by vcmvo2 on Mon May 09, 2005 at 01:53:30 PM PDT

  •  let's not forget (4.00)
    that she is most likely innocent; her "confession" came after being tortured.
  •  thank you for posting this (4.00)
    email sent and copies of diary forwarded to friends

    War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Long Live Oceana!

    by edrie on Mon May 09, 2005 at 02:03:05 PM PDT

  •  Important detail (4.00)
    A reminder of an important detail provided in the Times UK story:

    Witnesses say that Mrs Abduladif's husband was killed by his cousin in a family dispute in January 1998 but their evidence was not presented during the trial in May 1999. Mrs Abduladif has described how she made a false confession after being beaten and sexually assaulted

    (Susan had reported the quote in This diary.)  Now, this may not matter to people here in thinking execution is a bad idea in this case, but there are lots of people who are fine with the execution of murdurers.  If the woman is innocent of the crime as appears to be the case, then they will feel empathy.  This is an important distinction in this case - it elevates it from "just another human rights case" where bleeding hearts don't think you should rid society of rapists and murders into the case of incomprehinsible injustice against an innocent woman.

    It is an absolute discrace that the US media has let this story slip.  georgia10's diary set this in sharp relief to the pointless runaway bride story which is still being played to death.

    It is an intolerable discrace that US leadership has ignored this story.  I spewed my anger in my letter to my congresswoman:

    Hello, this is * *.  We just spoke by phone about
    Amina Ali Abduladif, a young Yemeni mother with an impending execution
    for a murder she appears highly unlikely to have committed.
    This is a story about human rights, women's rights, an amazingly
    bad legal case, an incredible tortured confession, and the orphaning
    of young children.  This is a case with implications that resound well
    beyond the individual story itself.

    You can read about the story in the Yemen Times:

    A Daily Kos user started a discussion of the issue over the weekend:

    The latest news I have can be found in the diary at:

    If democracy and the American way are to make inroads in the Middle
    East, then American leaders must take a credible lead in at least
    discussing such travesties with our friends.  To not do so is a
    damningly negligent course.  Americans should be admired, respected,
    and emulated for our ways, not the despised embarrassment we appear
    to be striving to be.

    Thank you for your time, and that of the Congresswoman.  I believe
    she is a genuine American in the true great tradition, not the
    cynical phantom sort of American that Washington seems to be
    sending out for the rest of the world to deal with.  I hope she
    shares my point of view that this case requires action now.

    * *

    Reading that letter agian, I recall the embarrasment I felt in writing those words.  I'm embarrased for the shambles that the country - MY Country - which I grew up loving and admiring - is becoming.  I believe a few respectful, honest words from US leaders could not help but set the error in Yemeni law straight and stop the execution.  These can not be arrogant words - no!  We in the USA only recently decided that the execution of minors was not legal.  Imagine the government of Yemen was ahead of the good old USA in this respect.  An honest, humble plea is what is required.  We can have no hope of making friends or sharing freedom without such action.  This action is coming from our people, and we must accept no less from our leaders.

  •  My e-mail to ambassador@yemenembassy.rog (4.00)

    I urge you to convey to your government that many people around the world are concerned about the situation of Amina Ali Aduladif.  Many nations, including the United States, have unjust policies with regard to the treatment and punishment of juvenile criminal offenders.  I understand that the government of Yemen takes the enlightened view that execution should not be used against those who commit crimes as minors.

    However, it seems that Amina Ali Aduladif is in fact facing execution for a crime committed while she was a minor.  I hope that your government will consider exercising clemency in this case, given her youth and the other facts of her situation.

    [my name]
    Brooklyn, New York, USA

  •  Done (4.00)
    Thank you for this diary.

    Two-step, lockstep, goosestep: Herr Busch's three-step plan to a righter tomorrow.

    by The Termite on Mon May 09, 2005 at 02:13:59 PM PDT

  •  Emails sent.. (4.00)

    When the People lead, the leaders will follow..(a bumper sticker)

    by just us on Mon May 09, 2005 at 02:14:27 PM PDT

  •  you're too (4.00)
    modest, welshman.  her survival would also save her son - god knows what would become of him if she is executed.
  •  Is this Yemen? (4.00)
      Is it true that Amina was 14 when she was sentanced to death?

      Is it true that another person, Muhammad Ali Said Qaba'il, was sentanced to death for the same crime?

      Is it true that Amina was tortured to elicit her confession?

      I read these things in my media, and although I am shocked at my own country's actions, I am also shocked at the stories I read about other

      Our own president has signed death warrants on the young and the feeble, but I'd like to hear better things about Yemen than that it executes its innocent children in contravention to its own laws.


  •  Info from A Related Thread (4.00)
    Someone posted the following on another thread and made some excellent points - there's also a great sample email.  Check it out...

    Amnesty Intl. is a splendid organization and I have been a sustaining member for years.

    However, in this case it is the US State Department which is most likely to influence the Yemeni government.  Yemen has a fragile, struggling economy and relies heavily on the IMF--and US favourtism--to advance economically.  Yemeni thus cares very much what the US government thinks of it.

    Might I also suggest sending polite but firm communication to the Yemeni ambassador plenipotentiary to the United States?

    chief of mission: Ambassador Abd al-Wahhab Abdallah al-Hajri
    chancery: Suite 705, 2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037
    telephone: [1] (202) 965-4760
    FAX: [1] (202) 337-2017

    One addresses an ambassador as "His Excellency" (as in "His Excellency Abd al-Wahhab Abdallah al-Hajri" when addressing the envelope or cover letter for the fax, and "Your Excellency" in the salutation).

    His Excellency's email is:

    His website is:

    Sample letter to the Yemeni ambassador (4.00 / 4)

    Embassy of the Republic of Yemen
    His Excellency Abdulwahab Abdulla Al-Hajjri
    2319 Wyoming Avenue, NW
    Washington DC 20008

    Your Excellency:

    I am writing to you to express deep concern over the case of Amina al-Abduladif, a young Yemeni citizen who has been sentenced to death by firing squad in the Republic of Yemen.

    The Republic of Yemen prides itself on its progressive stance on human rights and women's rights.  As you are well aware, the Republic of Yemen was the first nation on the Arabian Peninsula to give women the right to vote and to have women elected as Members of Parliament.

    As I am certain you are also aware, Amina al-Abduladif was convicted of murdering her husband after confessing to the crime--a confession she claims was extracted through torture.  New evidence came to light after the trial that Ms. al-Abduladif did not, in fact, murder her husband.  Further, Yemeni law does not allow persons under 18 to be sentenced to death, and Ms. al-Abduladif was only 16 years old at the time of her sentencing.  Ms. al-Abduladif has also been raped while in prison and the conditions of her imprisonment in general have been inhumane.

    I hope that you will use your influence with President Saleh to grant Amina al-Abduladif a permanent reprieve from her sentence of death, and to re-open her case according to Yemeni law to determine if she should, in fact, be freed from prison.

    I remain hopeful that you will use your influence with President Saleh to bring about a just and humane result in the case of Amini al-Abduladif.

    Respectfully yours,

  •  I will not walk by.... (4.00)
    count on my support...

    Act as if it were impossible to fail. - Dorothea Brande

    by crkrjx on Mon May 09, 2005 at 02:27:43 PM PDT

  •  Should we be calling our congressmen over this? (4.00)
    Because I have Rick Larsen on speed dial.
    •  PLEASE! (4.00)
      And please call Maria Cantwell in D.C.   I called her office last Monday and they very nicely took my info -- which was actually a follow-up to a fax I'd sent them two days earlier.  However, I've not heard more.

      Patty Murray's office -- to which I'd also sent a fax two days earlier -- was not as friendly when I called to follow up.

      I know they are swamped with countless issues.  And they can't take up every situation.  But, I do think that Maria Cantwell could make some good points if she did so -- since it wouldn't take much of her time to send a press release.

      Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

      by SusanHu on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:06:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Email sent (4.00)
    Thanks for the reminder.
  •  Thanx for the nudge (4.00)
    Thanx Susanhu tu.

    George best hope there is no God.

  •  Sent and here's a hope for the best (4.00)
    For Amina and her child.

    What a terrible precedent to set in a code of law.

    Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshall

    by bronte17 on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:02:09 PM PDT

  •  email sent (4.00)
    Like you, I couldn't say no after learning the details of this case.

    Of course, it's kind of hard to take the moral high ground when our own government is doing so much awful stuff.

    Thanks for guilting us into action!

  •  REALY crazy idea... (3.66)
    It seems to me that this is an issue that even the nutjobs on the right can agree with. Has anyone posted this issue on the conservative blogs, or written to the American Taliban groups like Focus on the Family Etc...? As much as we hate to admit it, they have a powerful constituency and are well organized with regard to letter writing campaigns. We may not like them, but we can sure use them to our advantage.

    I will be doing my part, thanks for getting this issue out.

    "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" -Thomas Jefferson

    by weelzup on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:15:52 PM PDT

    •  OK.. (4.00)
      not only did I e-mail the ambassador directly, I waded through the stench of Focus on the Family's website and posted this issue as a question. I doubt anything will become of it, but it was worth the extra effort.

      "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" -Thomas Jefferson

      by weelzup on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:38:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for all the info... (4.00)
    My email has been sent, and I thank all of you for not only sharing the information, but giving us the tools needed. As usual, everything was at my fingertips.  It's a sad fact that I had to actually go and look up the location of Yemen on a world map, sheesh.  Belonging to Daily Kos is not only an adventure, it's my own little private classroom in a computer.

    Let's face it... everybody is somebody's weirdo.

    by NapaJulie on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:22:24 PM PDT

  •  I'm no social activist, but I sent a message (4.00)
    In fact, I frequently find social-causes activists to be among the most tedious liberals to spend time around.

    In this this case, however, it's clear that a great injustice has been committed at the highest levels of the Yemeni government.  More importantly, though, it's also apparent to me that there is an opportunity to change the course of this tragedy by directly pressuring the Yemeni government.

    Here's the email I sent to the embassy.

    Subject: Amina Ali Abduladif

    Ambassador Al-Hajjri,

    I am writing today because I am troubled by the actions of your country in the prosecution of Amina Ali Abduladif, whom I believe to have been unjustly convicted and sentenced to die by your government.

    In expressing this concern, I do so in all humility, knowing as I do that my own government has acted without regard for justice or humanitarian decency on more than one occasion.   I do not believe that any such transgressions by the American justice system reflect the will of the American people.

    The Yemenis I have known have all been good, kind, caring people.  I find it inconceivable that the society which produced these fine human beings could countenance the execution of a young woman, who has borne a child after being raped by a prison guard, while imprisoned for a crime she did not commit.

    I hope that your country, for which I hold the greatest respect, will have the wisdom to recognize this injustice and exercise clemency.


    [real name]
    [real address]

    It's worth your time, dear reader, to take a moment and send the Yemeni ambassador a message.  How can you not, knowing that it may save the life of an innocent woman waiting for death in a Yemeni prison?


    I'm a pro-gun, pro-nuclear-power Reform Democrat.
    UUJN: Brother Venerable Katana of Mindful Forgiveness

    by AlphaGeek on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:27:26 PM PDT

  •  email sent (4.00)

    It sure the hell is heavy, father -- it's my grandchildren's share of the birth tax

    by xanthe on Mon May 09, 2005 at 03:51:26 PM PDT

  •  E-mail sent (4.00)
    I once had to serve on a jury in a death-sentence case. The convicted criminal ended up getting 30 years instead, and I am glad I do not have to live with second thoughts about the outcome. I hope the courts will extend to her the mercy that in Islam is the most frequently invoked divine quality.
  •  why do we act? (none)
    because for christ's sake, we just want to make an effing difference... a positive difference... for someone on this godforsaken planet.  we're frustrated we can't fix all the wrongs in this world but we can pick one, and apply our power, and do what we can.  Goddamnit.  we really do care.  why do we feel like no one understands this?

    Democrats = people who want to help other people
    Republicans = people who want to help themselves... to wealth

    Science is a vast left wing conspiracy.

    by Sue in NH on Mon May 09, 2005 at 04:22:31 PM PDT

  •  Done (4.00)
    and thanks for the update - I thought for sure she was already dead.  I did see SusanHu's original diary, and felt sick when I read it.  All I knew to do at the time was to pray for Amina, but this diary has now provided me with ways to advocate for her.  I sincerely hope the combined effort works.  Why in the world the American media hasn't picked up this story I don't know - are the corporate media afraid to offend an "ally?"  Anyway, keep up the good work!

    "Dear God: Do you draw the lines around the countries? If you don't, who does?" Nathan -- Letters to God from Children, The Anglican Digest

    by md jeffersonian on Mon May 09, 2005 at 04:34:57 PM PDT

  •  Count me in (4.00)
    I sent an email to the Canadian Yemeni Ambassador. Let's get the emails of all Yemeni ambassadors and hit them all, that way the phones will ring over there.. shotgun approach.

    The Revolution will not be televised. It will be blogged.

    by librarianman on Mon May 09, 2005 at 04:56:55 PM PDT

  •  Yemen Embassy, Australia, contact details (4.00)

    Embassy of the Republic of Yemen
    No 38 Kowa Bld, 8th Floor, Room 807 4-12-24
    Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0031 Japan
    Tel: (81-3) 3499 7151, 3499 7152
    Fax: (81-3) 3499 4577

    I got this off our Dept. Foreign Affairs & Trade page; I can only take it to mean we don't have a permanent Yemeni presence, and the Ambassador based in Japan also serves Australia.

    I'll check about for any more info.

    "This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow

    by myriad on Mon May 09, 2005 at 05:21:53 PM PDT

    •  SCRAP ABOVE - this makes more sense (4.00)

      Consulate-General of the Republic of Yemen (Australia)

      Mrs G E MULLANE

      11 West Street
      North Sydney NSW  2060

      North Sydney NSW  2060    
      Tel: (02) 8920 9111
      Fax: (02) 99571832

      Hours of Business:
      Monday, Wednesday and Friday : 10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. by appointment

      "This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow

      by myriad on Mon May 09, 2005 at 05:25:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  email sent (4.00)
    thank you for motivating us.

    The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

    by TXsharon on Mon May 09, 2005 at 05:36:54 PM PDT

  •  email sent (4.00)
    Diary much appreciated, thanks.
  •  Email Sent (4.00)
    Thank You Susan and Welshman!

    Protect Life Bring The Troops Home!

    by arkdem on Mon May 09, 2005 at 05:59:37 PM PDT

  •  Done! (4.00)
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention.  I feel good for having participated.
  •  Will follow up (4.00)
    I sent an e-mail to the Yemeni ambassador when I read the original post by Georgia10 on May 1st.  Will follow up with another.  Kudos to her, SusanHu, and to you Welshman for keeping the ball rolling.  Miracles do happen and Amina certainly deserves one.  It was very moving to read the follow-up SusanHu wrote about Amina's reprieve.  I'm praying that I'll be able to read the diary where she writes that Amina has been pardoned.
  •  amina (4.00)
    Sent an email the first time but it was returned.
    Tried the new email address for the US and hopefully that works.
  •  email sent (4.00)
    Thanks for diarying this and bringing it more attention.
  •  Done -thanks for telling us n/t (4.00)
  •  Done (4.00)
    and done!

    Thanks are in order to both Welshman and Susan for bringing this to our attention.

    UK ambassador's email seems to be down (apparently, it's linked to a hotmail account -- likely full), so I just sent to the US.  Since Yemen has no Nordic embassies whatsoever, I figured either one is equally (in)appropriate... the important part is that it got somewhere!

    Focus on the Family is a hate group

    by ragnark on Mon May 09, 2005 at 07:00:34 PM PDT

  •  done! (4.00)
    that was easy.  One of the great things about this site is that there are so many different kinds of things to do.  Thanks to SusanHu and Welshman
  •  Walking by (4.00)
    was not an option for me.  I sent an e-mail.  I also sent this diary to several of my friends.  I hope that we can make a difference.  
  •  one more letter sent (4.00)
    Thank you for the two addresses, and for bringing this to the attention of our community.
  •  These posts now.. (4.00)
    ..simply saying "Done it" are enormously encouraging. Thank you.

    Each post is precious. The least email sent might be the one that tips the balance.

    It is strange to see this diary now start to move down the recommended list, knowing that part of the daily cycle of Kossacks that come on here won't have seen it.

    I am not sure of the mechanism for keeping diaries visible - some ratio of recommends and comments I guess. So do keep recommending this diary to allow it to be visible to as many people for as long as possible.

    That last email is precious.

    Again, thank you all for a truly great response to Susanhu's initiative.

    New European Times, the forum where US and European Kossacks meet.

    by Welshman on Mon May 09, 2005 at 07:47:06 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (none)
    email sent.  Karen
  •  E-mailed the ambassador (none)
    CC'd the Yemen Times, and then sent a copy of the e-mail to "my" representative, Michael McCaul.

    I donated to ePluribus Media. Support citizen journalism!

    by Sandia Blanca on Mon May 09, 2005 at 09:44:30 PM PDT

  •  Done (none)
    sent email to US ambassador.  Thank you for posting this diary.
  •  Email sent (4.00)
    Thanks Welshman and SusanHu for not letting us close our eyes to this very sad and unjust situation.
  •  Nadia Hashem is the assistant to the Ambassador (4.00)
    And I wrote the following email to her, as per your request.

    Dear Nadia Hashem:

    Please pass along to Mr. Al-Hajjri my concern for a citizen of the
    Republic of Yemen.  I have only recently become aware of the situation
    faced by a young woman named Amina Ali Abdulatif, who has been
    sentenced to death for a crime she committed when she was under the age
    of 18.  Wherever such a sentence is imposed in such circumstances,
    whether it is in Yemen or China or Texas, it is an injustice.  Many
    individual Americans feel deep concern for the situation of this young
    lady - perhaps her crime was quite heinous in nature, but it would seem
    that her sentence subverts the rule of law.  

    Perhaps we who are concerned should mind our own business; however, as
    we work for justice and the rule of law within the American system, it
    seems that we should not worry only about American juveniles who have
    been sentenced harshly.  Indeed, we have an incomplete mission if we
    don't also speak up for the citizens of other nations - because an
    American life is worth no more than any other, and a young woman in
    Yemen who I have never met matters no less than my own sister.

    I understand that your President has the power to commute this
    sentence, and that the penal code of the Republic of Yemen specifies
    that the death penalty shall not be imposed for crimes committed before
    the age of 18.  I hope Mr. Al-Hajjri will find it appropriate to speak
    to your President and urge him to commute Ms. Abdulatif's sentence.  I
    believe that such an action, upholding the rule of law, would be a
    specific and explicit demonstration of the Republic of Yemen's
    determination to undertake social reform.

    Yours Most Sincerely,

    New York City
    May 10, 2005

  •  Place to send email (4.00)
    There is no Yemeni embassy in Ireland so I thought I'd mail the Irish embassy to Yemen instead.  Turns out there isn't one of those either but diplomatic relations between Ireland and Yeman are handled through Irelands embassy to the UN.  Contact details for that are here.
  •  Email sent (4.00)
    Thank you SusanHu and Welshman for drawing attention to this.
  •  Sent (4.00)

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by intrados on Tue May 10, 2005 at 04:49:54 AM PDT

  •  Done & rec'd n/t (4.00) is my brand spanking new home on the web...

    by Mike Stark on Tue May 10, 2005 at 05:13:29 AM PDT

  •  Email sent (4.00)
    and recommended.  This is one diary that I don't mind seeing repeated over and over again.
  •  I'm in. (4.00)
    and forwarding this to as many as I can get to.

    Thanks Welshman & SusanHu!

    One more starfish

  •  Sent (none)
    I sent an email last night, hopefully someone hears all of our voices.

    "Freedom means freedom for people who think differently." Rosa Luxemburg

    by earnersparks on Tue May 10, 2005 at 07:00:46 AM PDT

  •  Sent an email (none)
    Thanks to you and Sue for bringing this to our attention.
  •  I sent my email and... (4.00)
    sent this to my friends and family:

    my birthday is coming up soon as many of you know. this would be a great present that costs nothing but a little time, very little effort, and is free.

    please go and read this:

    here is a quick recap:
    Amina Ali Abduladif is reportedly scheduled to be executed on 2 May. She was reportedly sentenced to death when she was 14 years old, although the Yemeni Penal Code expressly prohibits the use of the death penalty against anyone convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18.

    She was convicted of the murder of her husband, who had been killed in January 1998, and sentenced to death on 24 May 1999. She had reportedly been tortured to force her to confess, and has since maintained her innocence. Muhammad Ali Said Qaba'il was also sentenced to death for the murder, but it is not known when he is scheduled for execution

    The court of appeal did not consider Amina's age, and upheld the sentence in July 2001. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence in July 2002, and the sentence was ratified by the president shortly afterwards.

    Not long after the president ratified the sentence, Amina Ali Abduladif was, according to her lawyer, put before a firing squad. It was only when the executioners noticed that she was pregnant that the execution was stopped. According to her lawyer she had been raped by one of the guards at al-Mahaweet prison. As a result she gave birth to a child, who is with her in Sana'a Women Central prison, where she is now held, and is now very nearly two years old.

    if you would be so kind as to go to this link:  

    and scroll down into the comments, there are several emails people have posted that can be copied and pasted, addressed to,  and to

    it can make a difference, and takes little effort, just like the ripple from a stone thrown in a pond. do it for your good deed of the day, or do it for my birthday. it's all I'd ask for. if you do, let me know.

    I hope no one minds if they steal an email from the thread.

  •  Thanks (4.00)
    Thanks for keeping this issue alive, and urging us to pause and take action.
  •  Email sent. (none)
    CCed the editor of the Yemen Times as you suggested.  And heartily recommended the diary.  Thank you.
  •  Thanks! (none)
    I didn't want this story to go away.
  •  I meant to do this last night (none)
    Forgot to last night, but I remembered tonight.  Email is sent.  Thanks for bringing this up.

    At least if the government rips you off then they use the money to build roads and schools and airports... - Kim Stanley Robinson

    by andlorr on Tue May 10, 2005 at 05:10:47 PM PDT

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