Write for Rights – Amnesty International’s main campaign starts on 6 December

December 2, 2013

Write for Rights is one of Amnesty International’s major global campaigns

Write for Rights” is one of Amnesty International’s major global campaigns. AI is capable of getting its own outreach and does not need my blog but I want to refer to it anyway as it is such a quintessential human rights action model.  From 6 to 17 December, people from more than 80 countries all over the world will campaign on behalf of 12 individuals and communities suffering human rights abuses. They will name, shame and make specific calls to the offending governments. Amnesty expects more than two million letters, faxes, emails, tweets and text messages to be sent during the course of the campaign. The 12 cases come from every continent and cover a wide range of different human rights issues:

• Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega has been in jail since 2008. He is serving an 18-year prison sentence for “terrorism” after he criticised the government in a public speech in Sweden.

• Myanmar community leader Dr Tun Aung, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for multiple offences, including “inciting a riot”, after he tried to calm clashes between Buddhists and Muslims.

• Three Russian activists, jailed shortly after the peaceful Bolotnya Square protests, were accused of “participating in mass riots”.

• In Bahrain 13 human rights defenders were sentenced to between five years and life for expressing their opinions and campaigning peacefully.

• Tunisian blogger Jabeur Mejri was imprisoned in 2012 for over seven years for “attacking sacred values” and “undermining public morals”, after he posted some opinions about religion.

• Cambodian activist Yorm Bopha was released on bail last 22 November but still faces fabricated charges relating to her housing rights activism on behalf of the Boeung Kak Lake community.

• Mexican housewife Miriam López was tortured and raped by military officers, and forced to sign a statement that she was involved in drug trafficking.

• Turkish driver Hakan Yaman was savagely beaten and blinded in one eye by Turkish police during protests this year.

• Belarusian drag artist Ihar Tsikhanyuk was beaten and is subjected to ongoing police harassment for his campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in his country.

• Nigerian members of the Badia East Community in Lagos, Nigeria were forcibly evicted from their homes last February, when more than 2,237 households were affected by a massive demolition.

• Palestinian residents of Nabi Saleh village are under virtual siege by Israeli settlers and face continuing repression as they demonstrate each Friday against Israel’s occupation.

• Honduran members of COFADEH, an NGO devoted to investigating disappearances and other human rights abuses is under constant surveillance and subjected to threats and attacks.

[Background information Amnesty’s first Write for Rights took place 11 years ago in Poland. A Warsaw local group coordinator met a girl who told him about her experience in Africa organising 24-hour events, writing protest letters to governments. The group decided to write letters for 24 hours non-stop and then count how many they’d written. They emailed the idea to other Polish groups and the idea caught on, uniting activists around the country. They emailed Amnesty offices around the world and it snowballed into a global campaign. The Write for Rights campaign had started.]

Write for Rights: Two million letters, tweets and texts to change lives | Amnesty International.

One Response to “Write for Rights – Amnesty International’s main campaign starts on 6 December”

  1. Ivanka Milanova Says:

    Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders написа:

    > a:hover { color: red; } a { text-decoration: none; color: #0088cc; } a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; } /* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; } } */ WordPress.com Hans Thoolen posted: ” “Write for Rights” is one of Amnesty International’s major global campaigns. AI is capable of getting its own outreach and does not need my blog but I want to refer to it anyway as it is such a quintessential human rights action model.  From 6 to 17 Dec”


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