"I want, through your radio, to say thank you very
much to international organizations and to the U.S. Congress, and also
to the many people who sent telegrams, postcards, and letters to me --
40 or 50 of them. [Hospital officials] showed them to me once. But they
are still kept by the head of the psychiatric hospital. I want to thank
- Gurbandurdy Durdykuliev told Radio Free Europe following his release
"I would like to send a huge thank you to all
Amnesty International members across the world whose support I could
feel. The work of Amnesty International is very useful."
- Yury Bandazhevsky, Belarus August 10, 2005
"They tortured me with electric shocks, they pulled
out my teeth and fingernails, but they did not dare to kill me. Without
Amnesty International's Urgent Actions I would not be alive today."
- Activist Imran Ezhiev Continues Work in Russia, Even After Multiple
Arrests and Torture
"For the first time in over a decade, I have taken
my first sweet breaths of freedom and democracy."
- Thich Tri Luc, Buddhist dissident and former prisoner of conscience,
fled from Vietnam to Cambodia
- In China, Wang Dan, Tiananmen Square activist thanks UA activists when
asked about the Urgent Action Network
"Perhaps they can't quite imagine how much courage,
moral comfort, protection and happiness their actions gave me,"
he wrote. "I will remain forever grateful...".
- Portions of a letter written after his release, in which N'sii Luanda
Shandwe thanked Amnesty International members throughout the world for
the support they had given him during his detention in Congo.
"My case is insignificant compared to most people
who have been arrested. They have suffered in ways which are
unimaginable. I was not tortured and I was released after only a very
short time in prison compared to others. I feel that my release was due
to international pressure brought about by you and others. Without the
support that you gave on my behalf, I think I would not be here today.
Please accept my deepest thanks. . ."
- Tibetan tourist guide, Gedun Rinchen
". . . I knew that I was not alone, and held on to
the thought till the end. . . I thank the staff and members of Amnesty
International worldwide. My special thanks to USA, Canada, United
Kingdom, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Bermuda,
Holland and Italy branches for their overwhelming responses. Thank you
Amnesty for going that extra mile to obtain a true picture of what
brought about our ordeal, and for your strenuous efforts in sensitizing
the world community to our case. . .
I thank all those thousands of people of the world who gave me
strength and encouragement through cards and notes. I shall never forget
your kindness. Thank you with all my heart."
- Christine Anyanwu, Nigeria