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November-Brief 2005

Hier ist das Anschreiben an die Vertretung des Landes

Kanzlei der Botschaft der Republik Yemen
S. E. Herrn Yahya Ali Mohamed Al-Abiad
Budapester Str. 37
10 787 Berlin

Exzellenz,

hiermit übergebe ich Ihnen einen Brief an den Staatspräsidenten Ihres Landes, in dem er aufgefordert wird, die Todesurteile gegen Fuad 'Ali Mohsen al-Shahari und Hammoud Murshid Hassan Ahmad umzuwandeln, da die Todesstrafe gegen das fundamentale Menschenrecht auf Leben verstößt, wie es in der Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte niedergelegt ist. Falls der Letztgenannte ein gewaltloser politischer Gefangener ist, ist er freizulassen.

Ich ersuche auch Sie, sich für diese beiden Bürger Ihres Landes einzusetzen.

Vielen Dank für Ihre Bemühungen.

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Hier ist der Brief an das betroffene Land

His Excellency
General 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh
President of the Republic of Yemen
Sana'a
JEMEN

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you on behalf of Fuad 'Ali Mohsen al-Shahari and Hammoud Murshid Hassan Ahmad, both of them sentenced to death after unfair trials. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty on the grounds that it constitutes a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and is a violation of the right to life proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.

In November 1996 Fuad al-Shahari was pressed to confess to murder, a statement allegedly obtained through torture, and sentenced to death. After Amnesty International had taken an interest in this case, it was revised in August 2004. But as there has not been any further information about it up to now, it is to be feared that Fuad af-Shahari may be in immediate danger of being executed.

Hammoud Murshid Hassan Ahmad was arrested in July 1994 on the charge of murder allegedly committed in the year 1982 and was sentenced to death in August 1995, although there was evidence of his not even staying in the country at the time of the deed. I approve of the commuting of the death sentence to 12 years of imprisonment in May 2003 in connection with paying blood-money as compensation. But the problem is that neither he nor his family can afford the amount of money requested so that it is to be feared that the death sentence might be carried out nevertheless. Moreover, I should like to point out that, according to reports of Amnesty International, this case may well have a political aspect so that Hammoud Murshid Hassan Ahmad would have to be regarded as a prisoner of conscience.

I remember the Minister for Human Rights of your country speaking out in favour of spreading and consolidating a culture of respect for human rights. It is in this spirit that I appeal to you to avert both death sentences and commute them. But should Hammoud Murshid Hassan Ahmad be a prisoner of conscience, he is to be released.

Yours sincerely,

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Kanzlei der Botschaft der Republik Yemen
S. E. Herrn Yahya Ali Mohamed Al-Abiad
Budapester Str. 37
10 787 Berlin