Amnesty International Japan Action Request
We will also discuss preparations for an event Amnesty International Japan are planning on the 24th of February (Sat) in support of Hakamada Iwao. Hakamada Iwao was released in 2014 after almost 48 years in detention (45 years on death row). He is still technically guilty and waiting execution; although the courts decided to grant him the retrial he needs to clear his name, the prosecutor is appealing the court’s decision. The high court will decide in March whether to dismiss the prosecutor’s appeal and allow Hakamada’s retrial.
AI Japan is gathering video messages from around the world to show the enormous international support that exists for Hakamada. AITEN members and supporters can play a big part! Read about the event in detail below:
Please gather short video messages from people known to the public. Please also record group messages from sports teams, company staff, charities, campaign group members and supporters, hospital workers, students, and others.
In the video, please state in your own language (with English translation of the message):
- Your name/group/organization and your country;
- Your message to support Hakamada and his family.
- Your message should include a demand for a retrial, or for the prosecution to drop their appeal.
- You can video individuals or groups.
- You can use your phone or camera to record the message, but please use horizontal/landscape format and keep it short (<30 seconds).
See this example by AI Malaysia to get a few ideas:
We’ll show the videos at the event on 24 February,
and post them on AI Japan’s website, Facebook and Twitter.
They may also appear in/on Japanese media. SO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE AGREES TO THIS, or covers their face.
Deadline: send to arrive by 17:00, 16 February 2018,
to Erina Yamashita (firstname.lastname@example.org)