Hankalampaa kuin osasin odottaakaan. Pitää hieman miettiä mitä verbejä käyttäisi, jotta vaikuttaisi kohteliaalta. Ja sanamuodoissakin on taivuttelemista. Jos englannin kirjoittaminen tiettyyn muottiin on muutenkin hankalaa, vaatii hyvien vetoomuksien kirjoittaminen kai sitä paljon puhuttua kokemusta. Mutta ehkä tämä nyt välttää ensimmäiseksi.
As a member of Amnesty International, a politically impartial organisation dedicated to the cause of human rights, I'm deeply concerned by the fact that Mr. J.C. Weliamuna, a human rights lawyer and the head of the Sri Lankan branch of Transparency International, is forced to live in hiding, fearing for his life. As you are probably aware, his life and limb came under threat as unknown assailants committed a grenade attack against his home on 27 September 2008. Also his family was in danger. There is a good reason to believe that the attempt on his life was tied to his work as a human rights lawyer and anti-corruption activist.
Therefore, I urge Your Excellency to use your authority in this case and ensure that Mr. Weliamuna is protected from further threats, using all measures deemed appropriate by Mr. Weliamuna himself.
I'm also hoping that the Sri Lankan authorities take the committed grenade assault under scrutiny and order a thorough and impartial investigation of the case by a competent authority, publish the results and bring those who are behind this insidious murder attempt into justice.
I'm also asking You to ensure that the human rights defenders and anti-corruption activists are able to continue their legitimate and important work without fear of harassment and intimidation, for their work is essential to the free and transparent society.
Yours sincerely, [-J.]
Ja osoitteeksi Sri Lankan presidentti, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Jotenkin tuntuu hupaisalta nähdä hieman vaivaa tällaisen tekstin kirjoittamiseen. Sitä tuskin luetaan, mutta kirjeiden volyymiinhan se tietty Amnesty-kampanjointi perustuu.