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Fundraising for Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust

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  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2010, 25 Apr 2010

Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust

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Hello :-)

I am running the London Marathon and am asking you to help me in raising money for Amnesty International and to take action for nine women’s human rights defenders from Nicaragua.

Ana María Pizarro, Juanita Jiménez, Luisa Molina Arguello, Marta María Blandón, Martha Munguía, Mayra Sirias, Violeta Delgado, Yamileth Mejía and Lorna Norori are facing legal proceedings for their involvement in the case of a nine year-old girl, Rosita, who was raped and made pregnant in 2003 and obtained a legal abortion in Nicaragua.

In October 2007 a complaint was lodged against the nine, accusing them of concealment of rape and crimes against the administration of justice. Amnesty fears the complaint has been brought because of the women’s human rights work and their efforts to ensure that women and girls can access safe and effective sexual and reproductive health services.

Running the London Marathon is a great challenge for me and something I’ve always wanted to do. Training has been quite an effort (to say the least) but I am really motivated by the fact that I’m raising money for Amnesty International, and that I’m also encouraging people to take action for these human rights defenders.  
 
These women are well known human rights defenders and belong to a number of different organisations which work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; promote sexual health; and promote the rights of women, children and young people in Nicaragua. They should be free to carry out their vital work without restrictions or fears of reprisals.

Amnesty is urging the Nicaraguan authorities to clarify the legal position of the women and resolve their case.

Please sponsor me, any amount will be a great help, and visit the Amnesty website to find out how you can take action to help these human rights defenders.


Many thanks,
Steve

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