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Amnesty Branch Targets Lazy Letter Writer


Police are investigating claims that the Glebe branch of Amnesty International has captured and tortured a member whose tardiness in letter writing had become renowned.

 
 

Members of the letter writing sub-committee have acknowledged that Mr Jeff Wilkins had failed to respond to numerous urgent calls for letters to be written to various governments which perpetrate human rights abuses.

"Writing polite letters to the abusers of human rights is the very core of what Amnesty does, despite the fact that slackers like Jeff haven't written any letters in years, probably leading to the death of thousands," said the convenor of the committee, Jessica King. Despite their anger, the committee members have maintained that they played no role in the torture of Mr Wilkins.

A spokesperson for the Amnesty branch claimed that, "we certainly didn't burn Jeff with cigarettes, but even if we had, it wouldn't have been half as bad as the beating of Déo Nzeyimana by the Burundi Brigade spéciale de recherche which Jeff was apparently "too busy" to write and protest about last month."

Whilst officially police are keeping a tight reign on the details of the capture, several sources claim that Mr Wilkins was only released because he agreed to write a letter requesting his own


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Features
*  Interview: Fair Trader
AMWU boss Doug Cameron is gearing for a showdown with the ALP over their free trade agenda. But what's he really on about?
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*  Politics: Free Trader
Trade Minister Peter Cook states his case for coninuting trade liberalisation and why the 'fair trade' agenda is against the interests of Australian workers.
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*  History: Organising - Fifties Style
What do the new wave of organisers do? Pretty much the same hard slog that Audrey Petrie did in the 1950s around Sydney for the Hotel, Club and Restaurant Union (HCRU).
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*  Unions: The Whistleblower
A lone Chinese seafarer is fighting to stop a Panamanian flagged vessel from dumping toxic waste into Australian waters
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*  International: Jakarta Breakthrough
Indonesian workers have just won a new historic bill of rights which gaurantees them legal protections when they form unions.
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*  Solidarity: Rio Versus the Rest of the World
Union members around the world have taken part in a week of international action against the mining giant Rio Tinto. Andrew Casey looks at all the hot spots.
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*  Satire: Amnesty Branch Targets Lazy Letter Writer
Police are investigating claims that the Glebe branch of Amnesty International has captured and tortured a member whose tardiness in letter writing had become renowned.
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*  Review: Little by Little
Clinton Walker's groundbreaking book, CD and video charts the careers of indigenous artists like the legendary Jimmy Little.
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»  Newman! Minister Dumps on Staff for GST
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»  Unchain Your Mind
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Political Hackers and the Law
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»  Still a Role for Tariffs
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»  Fair Trade - Australia Would be Hit Too!
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»  Mexican Greens - A Different Analysis
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»  Korean unrest - All the Latest Here
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