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WRITE A LETTER, CHANGE A LIFE

The premise of Write For Rights, Amnesty International’s global letter-writing campaign, is to advocate how letter-writing change a life. We’ve been doing it for 16 years and today, it is the world’s biggest human rights event now.

W4R campaign takes place annually in December. Supporters of Amnesty International from all over the world, show their solidarity with human rights movement by sending letters.

And it’s not just letters - it could be in any forms like petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, photos, postcards.

WOMEN FOR RIGHTS

This year, we will target on women, gender and human rights defenders. We focus on the role of women who stand up against injustice and lead the charge for change. We will also demonstrate how discrimination, abuse, intimidation and violence uniquely and disproportionately affect women, and in particular women who speak out in the society.

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Who we support

This year, our support will be directed to 9 women human rights defenders and groups represent all regions of the world.

Pavitri Manjhi

India

Harassed for standing up to big business

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Pavitri Manjhi

India

Harassed for standing up to big business

Pavitri Manjhi comes from an Adivasi Indigenous community in India. They were forced to sell their land to private companies for building power plants. As the head of the village council, Pavitri brought people together and file complaints. She is facing ongoing intimidation, threatening her to withdraw all the complaints. Pavitri reported the harassment to the police but little has been done.

ACT NOW

  • Tell India to protect Pavitri from harassment now
  • Tell the Director General of Police to give Pavitri the security she needs to protect her from threats, harassment and intimidation.

Actions will be sent to:

Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh
Director General of Police
Police Headquarters
Naya Raipur
Chhattisgarh 492001
India

ps.dgp-cg@gov.in

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Marielle Franco

Brazil

Killed for fearlessly defending others

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Marielle Franco

Brazil

Killed for fearlessly defending others

Marielle Franco was a city councillor in Rio de Janeiro. She always stood up for the rights of black women, LGBTI and young people. She also condemned unlawful killings by the police. On 14 March 2018, Marielle was shot to death in a car. In 2017, there were at least 70 human rights defenders were killed in Brazil. These cases usually are not investigated and those responsible go free.

ACT NOW

  • Demand Justice for Marielle today
  • Tell Brazil president to bring Marielle’s murderers to justice, including those who ordered the crime. Urge the government to protect human rights defenders in Brazil from further threats and attacks.

Actions will be sent to:

Brazilian President
Michel Temer
Praça dos Três Poderes
Palácio do Planalto
Brasília (DF), CEP 70150-900
Brazil

gabinetepessoal@presidencia.gov.br
Twitter: @planalto

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Atena Daemi

Iran

Imprisoned for speaking out against the death penalty

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Atena Daemi

Iran

Imprisoned for speaking out against the death penalty

Atena Daemi fights to end the death penalty in Iran. She writes Facebook and Twitter posts to criticize the country's execution record. She also handed out leaflets and taken part in a peaceful protest against the death penalty. These activities have been cited as “evidence” of her criminal activities, and now she’s been sentenced to seven years in jail. Earlier this year, she went on hunger strike to protest her transfer to a notorious prison. Her health has deteriorated alarmingly while in prison.

ACT NOW

  • Send a letter to Iran, and urge the Iranian authorities to release Atena Daemi immediately and unconditionally.
  • Download sample letter
  • You may also support Atena Daemi and her family with letters. Sadly, it isn’t safe to send letters to her or her family inside Iran. But please write to us and we will ensure your messages of solidarity are heard, or show your support on Twitter or Insta

Actions will be sent to:

Atena Daemi

w4r@amnesty.org.hk
www.instagram.com/atenadaemi

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Sengwer Indigenous People

Kenya

Violently evicted from their ancestral land

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Sengwer Indigenous People

Kenya

Violently evicted from their ancestral land

The Sengwer people in Kenya have lived in Embohut Forest for centuries. In the name of “conservation”, forest guards and police have burned over 2,600 houses since 2012, making 4,600 people homeless. In January 2018, one man was shot dead. The violence is in direct violation of repeated court orders that should protect this indigenous community. Women are often hit hardest, struggling on their own to care for families, as some men have abandoned their families.

ACT NOW

  • Tell Kenya: to let the Sengwer people live on their land in peace.
  • Tell the Kenyan president to stop the house burnings and arrest, and remove all restriction so that the Sengwer people can live in peace on their ancestral land in the Embobut Forest.

Actions will be sent to:

President of Kenya
Uhuru Kenyatta
Harambee House
PO Box 62345
00200 Nairobi, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi,
Kenya

uhuru@uhuru.co.ke

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Gulzar Duishenova

Kyrgyzstan

Fights for people with disabilities

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Gulzar Duishenova

Kyrgyzstan

Fights for people with disabilities

Gulzar Duishenova lost movement in her legs after a car accident in 2002. Her husband died suddenly and she became the sole carer for her two young children. She realised that people living with disabilities are facing common problems, including struggling to find jobs or relying on others to lift them on to buses. She is working on to ensure people with disabilities can live with dignity and move around freely. She meets officials, organises training for bus drivers and pushes for action on social media. She is still facing daily discrimination in a society where women aren't meant to speak out and people with disabilities are seen as ‘invalids’ with an incurable disease.

ACT NOW

  • Tell Kyrgyzstan: to support Gulzar’s fight for change
  • Tell the parliament to support Gulzar and other activists as they fight for the rights of people with disabilities

Actions will be sent to:

Speaker of Parliamnent
Speaker of Parliamnent
Chui Prospekti, 205
Bishkek 720000
Kyrgyzstan

kenesh001@gmail.com

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Nawal Benaissa

Morocco

Hounded for demanding a better life

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Nawal Benaissa

Morocco

Hounded for demanding a better life

Nawal Benaissa speaks out for social justice and better health care services in her region, Rif, in Morocco. She’s been on peaceful protest and campaigned for change on social media. However, she’s been harassed by the Moroccan authorities in an attempt to silence her. They arrested and held her in custody for four times in just four months, and demanded to close her Facebook profile which had 80,000 followers. In February 2018, she was given a 10-month suspended sentence and a fine for “inciting to commit an offence”. She’s appealing the verdict but the intimidation continues. She’s fled to another city to escape the constant surveillance.

ACT NOW

  • Tell Morocco: to stop harassing Nawal today.
  • Write to the Moroccan Prime Minister and tell him to halt the harassment of Nawal.

Actions will be sent to:

Prime Minister, Head of Government
Saad Dine Al Othmani
Department of the Head of Government
Palais Royal Touarga
Rabat
Morocco

mca-maroc@cg.gov.ma
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cg.gov.ma

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Nonhle Mbuthuma

South Africa

Harassed for defending her ancestral land

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Nonhle Mbuthuma

South Africa

Harassed for defending her ancestral land

Nonhle Mbuthuma is part of the Amadiba indigenous people in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. She’s leading a fight for her community against a mining company which wants to mine titanium on their ancestral land. Around 5,000 people may be forcibly evicted if the company is allowed to mine the land. Nonhle founded the Amadiba Crisis Committee to unite villagers to push back. She has been continually intimidated and threatened and even survived an attempt to kill her.

ACT NOW

  • Tell South Africa: to protect Nonhle now
  • Urge the President of South Africa and his government to protect Nonhle Mbuthuma and investigate the harassment and intimidation targeted her

Actions will be sent to:

President of the Republic of South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa
Union Buildings
Private Bag X1000
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

presidentrsa@presidency.gov.za
Twitter: @PresidencyZA

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Vitalina Koval

Ukraine

Violently attacked for supporting LGBTI rights

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Vitalina Koval

Ukraine

Violently attacked for supporting LGBTI rights

Vitalina Koval supports LGBTI people in her home city, Uzhgorod. On 8 March 2018, she organised a peaceful demonstration for women’s and LGBTI rights to mark International Women’s Day. A group shouted insults and hurled red paint, and Vitalina received chemical burns to her eyes. Afterwards, Vitalina and other received more threats, and two activists reported that they were beaten up. There has still been no effective investigation into what happened on 8 March. The attacks are part of a wider surge in violence and intimidation by far-right groups in Ukraine.

ACT NOW

  • Tell Ukraine: to protect Vitalina and other activists defending women’s and LGBTI rights
  • Tell Ukraine’s Minister of Interior, to publicly recognize the vital role of Vitalina and other activists who defend women and LGBTI rights, and protect them from attacks by far-right groups.

Actions will be sent to:

Minister of Interior
Arsen Avakov
Vul. Akademika Bohomoltsa, 10
Kyiv, 01601
Ukraine

pgmia@mvs.gov.ua

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Geraldine Chacon

Venezuela

Persecuted for empowering young people

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Geraldine Chacon

Venezuela

Persecuted for empowering young people

Geraldine Chacon works for an organisation which empowers young people in some of the poorest area of Caracas. In Februrary 2018, she was arrested by armed officials. The authorities wrongly linked her with “resistance” groups they accused of organising violent anti-government demonstrations. Although she was conditionally released in June, she can’t leave the country and her case is still open - so she could be arrested again at anytime for no reason.

ACT NOW

  • Tell Venezuela: to stop harassing Garaldine now
  • Tell the Venezuela’s Attorney General to close the case against Geraldine and give her unconditional freedom

Actions will be sent to:

Venezuela’s Attorney General
Tarek Wiliam Saab
(As the postal service in Venezuela can be unreliable, please send your letter to the Venezuelan embassy or other diplomatic representation in your country.)

ministeriopublico@mp.gob.ve
Twitter: @TarekWiliamSaab

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2017 Write For Rights

In Hong Kong, there are more than 1000 people joined last year Write For Rights Campaign. This year, we still need your participation to defend human rights together.

We have collected 159 letters so far.

How Write for Rights Works

1. Amnesty identifies people and communities at risk of human rights abuses worldwide, who need solidarity and justice.
2. We pick cases where global activism can make a huge difference, rights now.
3. We share them with Amnesty offices worldwide.
4. Activists organize amazing events and actions around the cases.
5. People worldwide write letters, tweets, emails and sign petitions.
6. Messages start arriving at government offices, prison cells, family homes.
7. Change happens and hope grows! Prisoners get better conditions and can be released.
8. Amnesty receives updates showing that people's actions are making a difference!