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Every year, aroundInternational Human Rights Day on 10 December, hundreds of thousands of people around the world write letters, sign petitions and post messages on social networks for those whose basic rights are being violated as part of the Write for Rights campaign.

This year we are supporting 13 people in 10 situations around the world. These people are currently in prison or under threat for exercising their fundamental rights, in particular their right to freedom of expression and to protest. They have been victims of torture, ill-treatment, denied a fair trial, harassed or threatened with death... They need our support so that they do not lose hope. Tell them you are thinking about them and call on governments to respect their human rights.

DISCOVER THE 10 STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Check out our Write for Rights 2022 Youtube playlist to see videos of the 13 people we are campaigning for this year!

JOIN THE WRITE FOR RIGHTS CAMPAIGN AND ACT NOW!

3150ACTIONS TAKEN! TOGETHER, WE AIM FOR 15 000 ACTIONS!

Here you can sign 10 petitions for all 13 individuals in one click:

    

EVENT - 28th November 2022

MEET. SHARE. TAKE ACTION.

Read the stories of two of the people chosen for this year’s Write for Rights campaign. Yren Rotela and Mariana Sepúlveda, transgender women and LGBTIQA+ activists whose rights are not recognized in Paraguay, will share their stories.

Germain Rukuki, who was released from prison in Burundi thanks to Write for Rights actions, will also be present to tell us his story.

After their testimonies and a Q&A session, we hope that you will join us for a convivial moment with all our participants at the drinks reception.

Place: Altrimenti (5 Av. Marie-Thérèse, L-2132 Luxembourg)
Date and time: 28 November 2022 at 6pm

Book your place

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5 WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN  WRITE FOR RIGHTS

There are many ways to get involved in this campaign. Choose the one that suits you and change the lives of the 13 people we are campaigning for. Every action counts!

WRITE A LETTER TO THE  AUTHORITIES

Send a letter to the person with the authority to help make a difference (head of state, president, chief of police, etc.) You can print and send the template letters yourself or return them to our office in Luxembourg. See template letters

SEND A MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY

Messages of solidarity and hope to those whose human rights are being violated are just as important as letters to the authorities. You will find more information to send solidarity messages in the case cards

SHARE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Encourage your friends and family to join the campaign by sharing our information on how Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn. See suggested posts

OUR WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS

Through the Write for Rights campaign, we show students how they can use the power of words to support people around the world. To organize a workshop at your school, write us before 1st December 2022 at edh@amnesty.lu

ORGANIZE YOUR OWN LETTER-WRITING MARATHON

With our action kit, we offer you all the materials you need to set up your activities. You will find more information here. 

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You can find all the material you need here:
Letter-writing kit, petitions, template letters to the authorities, posters.

DISCOVER ALL THE MATERIAL

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YOUR OWN LETTER-WRITING MARATHON: IDEAS THAT WORK

It's even better to do it together! Here are some ideas to engage your family, friends or colleagues in the Write for Rights campaign.

Write for Rights drinks at home

Invite your family, friends or neighbours for an evening of engagement over a drink. Young people can also contribute: they can put a smile on the faces of unjustly detained people by drawing on solidarity postcards.

An evening of letter-writing 

Book a table at your favourite café/pub and advertise your Write for Rights evening there with a poster. This is also a great opportunity to meet other committed people! Another possibility is to organize an evening at your community organisation, local restaurant, or sports club.

The activist corner

Set up a table with campaign information and the letter-writing materials in your local library, company canteen or community centre. We can provide you with QR codes to allow people to take action without physical contact.

Mobilisation break

Invite your colleagues to meet during their lunch break to write letters together. Don't hesitate to contact your company's CSR managers to announce your event in the internal newsletter.

The (really) committed concert

Are you a member of a music group or do you know one? Organize a concert in a bar or your living room that will attract even more people to your letter-writing marathon. Contact us so we can help you make your event a success.

TAKE ACTION

ORDER YOUR WRITE FOR RIGHTS KIT NOW

We want to help you advocate for those who need our support and provide you with all the tools you need to succeed. Order for free all the material you need for your activity. Click here for more information about the kit

INFORMATION MEETINGS

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT WRITE FOR RIGHTS?

Our Write for Rights meetings will provide you with all the necessary information and materials to get involved in the campaign and to connect with other people who want to defend the same cause.

Several meetings will take place at the Cercle des ONGD (Luxembourg City). To be informed about future dates, send us an e-mail to activisme@amnesty.lu.

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ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

MARCH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS 

At a time when human rights are under attack all over the world, we proudly stand up for human rights and we show our solidarity with those whose lives and dignity are threatened. Let’s take to the streets together and shine a light on those whose rights are being violated!

Meeting point : Place d’Armes
Date and time: 10 December at 5.30pm

You can further support the 13 human rights defenders by participating in a letter-writing evening immediately after the march. The evening strats at 7 pm at Forum Geesseknäppchen (40 Bd Pierre Dupong, 1430 Luxembourg). You can easily get there by an organized shuttle bus after the march.

YOUR WORDS CAN CHANGE  LIVES!

Participants in the Write for Rights campaign are making a difference by helping to free human rights defenders, securing justice for people whose rights have been violated, and protecting those who are fighting to change the world for the better.

FINALLY REUNITED WITH HIS LOVED ONES

On 30 June 2021, Burundian human rights defender Germain Rukuki was released after being imprisoned for more than four years. Germain had been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted solely for his human rights work. During the Write for Rights campaign, supporters from around the world carried out over 436,000 actions to secure his release. Initially unable to leave the country after his release, Germain was finally reunited with his family in Belgium in February 2022.

"Write for Rights really does have a positive impact. Their support has made me, Germain Rukuki, come out of prison even more determined to defend human rights."

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AN ACTIVIST RELEASED IN SAUDI ARABIA

Nassima al-Sada is a woman who has worked all her life to advance women's freedoms in Saudi Arabia. She has courageously campaigned for women's right to drive a car and for the abolition of the male guardianship system. Because of her peaceful activism, the authorities arrested her in July 2018.

She was held in solitary confinement for a year and was often not allowed to see her children or her lawyer for several months. The women's rights activist was finally released in 2020.

Supporters from around the world sent her over 777,000 letters, tweets, cards and signed petitions. Nassima's son, Mousa al-Sada, is certain that the international attention his mother received contributed to the decision in her case, including her release, after years of no progress.

RELEASE OF AN INDIGENOUS LAND DEFENDER IN GUATEMALA

Bernardo Caal Xol,an indigenous land defender in Guatemala, was at the forefront of the protests when the river that his people depend on for survival was threatened by the construction of two hydroelectric plants.

Subsequently, Bernardo was subjected to a smear campaign based on recurring and unfounded accusations. In 2018, Bernardo was sentenced to over seven years in prison on bogus charges. During the Write for Rights 2021 campaign, more than 500,000 people took action on his behalf and he was finally released in March 2022.

"You gave me the hope of freedom and today I am free. I have my family back, my daughters, my partner. My mother has cried with joy at seeing me free. Thank you to each and every one of you for sending and sharing letters.”

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JUSTICE FOR THE CHILEAN STUDENT PROTESTER

Gustavo Gatica, a young Chilean student, was peacefully participating in a protest in Chile when he was blinded by the impact of ammunition from riot guns in 2019. He was hit directly in the face, permanently losing his sight. In 2020, following your numerous messages, the officer in question was arrested and charged for his crime.

"In difficult times, Amnesty International has been a tremendous support and ally in our struggle. We will be eternally grateful to you. Please don't ever stop carrying out this vital work!"

Message from Gustavo and the Gatica-Villarroel family, in response to messages received.

YOU TOO CAN CHANGE LIVES. ACT NOW!

    

Would you like to organize a Write for Rights event or do you have any questions? Send an e-mail to activisme@amnesty.lu 

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