Dear Foreign Secretary, email@example.com
I am sure you are already aware of the case of Rafah Nached, 66, the first woman psychoanalyst in Syria who has been imprisoned in Damascus since 10 September. She is in poor health and has never been involved in subversive political activity. She has worked to help people traumatised by the situation in her country and was arrested whilst boarding a plane to Paris, where her daughter was about to give birth. We understand she has been held in solitary confinement for seven weeks and I am writing to ask you to intercede on her behalf.
The European Parliament has voted to support a resolution on her behalf on Thursday 27th Oct. This is great news, but please could you also take up her case outside the EU. Could you please let me know when and how you are planning to do this and keep me informed of any progress towards her release?
Her colleagues in this country are determined to keep this case as high profile as possible until she is released. With the instability in Syria at the moment, it is important that the regime there is aware that this woman, and others in a similar situation, are known by name to the international community as innocents caught up in the disturbances through no fault of their own. The last phase of any dictatorship is very dangerous for those who are the captives of that regime, so we think it is essential that we try to get her released as soon as possible.
I look forward to hearing from you about Rafah Nached as soon as possible,