Target: Senator Jeff Merkley
Goal: Praise the release of veterinarian who was wrongfully detained while traveling abroad.
A veterinarian who travels the world to help animals was detained in East Timor without warrant, but thankfully, she was recently released. According to a report in KOIN 6, Dr. Stacey Addison has been released after almost six months. She was arrested in East Timor in September 2014 when she shared a taxi with a stranger who was carrying meth. Addison was arrested along with that stranger, presumably due to a suspicion that she was involved in illegal drug activity. However, due to a poor legal system in East Timor, she was detained for six months without even being charged with a crime. She had her passport taken away by authorities and was not allowed to leave the country.
Although authorities in East Timor were grossly incompetent, she was recently released due to international pressure placed by authorities in the United States. Her case was brought to the attention of United States Secretary of State John Kerry by Senator Jeff Merkley. Kerry commented that there was no legitimate explanation as to why Addison was being held in East Timor. Addison was released as a result of this condemnation, proving that we can make genuine positive differences in foreign affairs despite geographical distance.
Sign this petition to thank Senator Merkley’s support for Addison. He serves as an example to all Americans in his willingness to fight against injustice abroad.
Dear Senator Merkley,
I would like to thank you for your support of Dr. Stacey Addison. As you know, she was detained in East Timor when she had the bad luck of sharing a taxi with a stranger who was carrying meth. For some inexplicable reason, she was arrested and detained for six months, and had her passport taken away. However, thanks to the efforts of both you and Secretary of State John Kerry, she was recently released from East Timor. This was a gross injustice, and we should do everything we can to encourage countries of the world to adhere to proper standards of legal justice.
Not only is it a merciful and courageous act to look out for a fellow American, but it also serves as an example to other countries that might have corrupt and incompetent legal justice systems. Together we can encourage governments of the world to own up to immoral actions, rather than just sweep them under the rug. Thank you for fighting for Dr. Addison’s freedom.
[Your Name Here]
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