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The Telegram
  • HCCC students show concern over human rights defenders

  • Armed with a pen, Katie Ranno, 19, copied a letter stating that the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights is a prisoner of conscience.

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  • Armed with a pen, Katie Ranno, 19, copied a letter stating that the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights is a prisoner of conscience.
    “I am very concerned about the case of Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, who is currently serving a three year prison sentence for the peaceful expression of a political view,” the Herkimer County Community College student wrote.
    Ranno was one of many students who flocked to the Robert McLaughlin College Center at HCCC for the fourth annual J’AMNESTY event presented by the college’s Amnesty International Organization Thursday afternoon.
    Students were encouraged to copy letters and sign petitions to make a difference in the lives of prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, victims of torture and at-risk individuals. Attendees also received pizza and heard music from “Monkey and the Crowbar.”
    “I hope to generate letters that will be sent to governments that let them know that people are watching,” said Pat Frezza-Gressler, adviser for HCCC’s Amnesty International.

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