Every year around International Human Rights Day on December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a letter or e-mail on behalf of someone they've never met, as part of Write for Rights. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called "prisoners of conscience" by Amnesty), stop the use of torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses. If you're with us, please sign up now!
HERE'S HOW WRITE FOR RIGHTS WORKS
- Amnesty looks at our global portfolio of cases, including Prisoners of Conscience, human rights defenders, torture survivors and communities at risk to decide who will be featured in each year's Write for Rights.
- We identify 12 cases where global activism can have a huge impact.
- People like you sign up to organize letter writing events, join events, or write on their own in order to generate as many letters on those 12 cases as possible. Letter writing can happen between the official Write for Rights dates of December 4th to 18th, or anytime between October 1st (when the cases are made public) and December 31st.
- Letters, emails, faxes, and Tweets start arriving at government offices, in prison cells and to families all over the world.
- Change happens. Hope Grows. As messages flood mailboxes, prisoners get better conditions or are released. Human rights defenders are better protected. Torture survivors finally get the reparations that they need to heal. People know that others, worldwide, are taking their injustice personally.
- Participants let us know how many letters and other messages you sent on each case, and we share the good news that came about thanks to your activism. Please report your letters by January 15th, using this form!