News from Lori's Parents

28 November 1999

This is day 1,460 of Lori's wrongful incarceration -- four full years!

In this update:


Tuesday, November 30th commemorates fourth anniversary of Lori's arrest

In the early evening of Thursday, November 30, 1995, Lori Berenson was pulled off a public bus in downtown Lima by Peruvian DINCOTE anti-terrorism police. Working as an accredited journalist, she had just left a session of the Peruvian Congress where she was researching articles on women's rights, poverty in Perú, and decentralization. She was found "guilty" of treason against the Fatherland of Perú by a secret and "faceless" military tribunal in which she had no due process and could not defend herself. From the moment of her arrest Lori has maintained her innocence to the preposterous charges against her.


Urgent -- Please phone, fax, and e-mail the White House: It is time to bring Lori home!

As the parents of Lori Berenson we are truly grateful for your past support and we once again ask for your help in ending this four-year nightmare. We call for a nationwide "Phonathon," "Faxathon," and "E-Mailathon" to the White House Monday and Tuesday. President Clinton, who has publicly stated that "America takes care of its own," cannot be allowed to forget about Lori and he must be prompted to use the authority of his office to secure Lori's release.

Many thanks!

Rhoda and Mark B.


Urgent Calls to Action

1. Telephone the White House

Please call the White House hotline, 202-456-1111 and, when instructed, press 0 for a hotline operator. Express your concern (or outrage).

Tell President Clinton that November 30th marks four years of Lori Berenson's illegal imprisonment in Perú. Remind him that Lori has never had justice and, given that Perú has withdrawn from the Inter-American Human Rights Court of the Organization of American States, Lori's case is left in legal limbo, with no international recourse for justice. Also remind him that Lori has suffered physically from the four years of her harsh incarceration, the last of which has been spent essentially in isolation. Urge him to use his powers to press the Peruvian government for Lori's immediate release.

2. Send a fax to the White House

Please download the following letter, or write your own expressing your concern (or outrage), and FAX to the White House at 202-456-2461.

If you find it easier, this letter also appears on Lori's website at http://www.freelori.org/ and you may be able to download the letter faster there.

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(Attention: Helen, Agency Liaison Room 6)

Subject: FREE LORI BERENSON

November 30, 1999

The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton
President of the Unite States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Clinton:

November 30th marks four years of Lori Berenson's illegal imprisonment in Perú.

The United Nations High Commission on Human Rights has ruled that Lori has been arbitrarily deprived of her liberty and Perú's withdrawal from the Inter-American Human Rights Court of the Organization of American States, in disregard for its international obligations, leaves Lori's case in legal limbo, with no international recourse for justice.

I urge you to use all your powers in accordance with Act of Congress 22 USC Section 1732 to press the Peruvian government for Lori's immediate release. Lori has suffered physically from four years of harsh incarceration, the last of which has been spent essentially in isolation. PLEASE HELP HER NOW!

Sincerely,


_______________________________Name
_______________________________Address
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3. Send an e-mail to "free fax" the White House

You may be able to send an e-mail letter that will be delivered to the White House as a FAX -- and we've been told that it's free! Please send as an e-mail the above letter to President Clinton, or write your own expressing your concern (or outrage). The e-mail address in the "To field" must be typed exactly as what is printed on the next line.

<remote-printer.President_Bill_Clinton/White_House@12024562461.iddd.tpc.int>

In the "Subject field" please type "Bring Lori Berenson Home From Perú" and send the letter as you would a regular e-mail. If this works, we understand it is converted, free of charge, to a fax in the White House. You will get an e-mail notifying you when it has been received.


- Rhoda and Mark Berenson