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Samantha Orobator was arrested last August in Laos and charged with drug trafficking; her family and friends say she has no history of any involvement with drugs. She's been in prison ever since and is now pregnant, most likely as a result of rape. She faces possible execution by firing squad, though Laos is currently saying they probably won't execute her because she's pregnant - this is before she's even been tried.


Please go and read the whole thing at Shakesville. As Liss says, the best thing we can do at the moment is make it clear that we're paying attention to what happens to her. From one of the comments over there:

Facebook has contact info and a petition:
Email Harriet Harman, Samantha's MP, and Gordon Brown:
Harriet Harman: harmanh@parliament.uk / Tel: 0207 219 4218
Gordon Brown: https://email.number10.gov.uk/Contact.aspx
Nag them! Let them know that you are worried about Samantha and demand something to be done about her situation. Invite your friends (facebook or otherwise!) to do the same. Her life is at stake.
UPDATE: You can sign a petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/369869096

Please read the comments at Shakesville as well, if you have time - there's useful information there too.
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