On Human Rights Day, December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will send letters and sign online petitions related to human rights as part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights event. These messages help convince government officials in many corners of the world to release “prisoners of conscience” — people imprisoned for expressing their opinion, and to support human rights defenders, stop torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses.
Our Ethical Action Committee is partnering with Amnesty International this year. From among their thousands of cases, Amnesty International will identify 10 urgent cases where global activism can make a big impact. They will provide the information on each case, along with a prewritten letter.
Letter-writing has always been at the heart of Amnesty International’s human rights campaigning. The organization can point to prisoners who’ve been freed and crimes that have been acknowledged due to pressure from Amnesty supporters. Anyone taking part in the Ethical NYC event would be joining people in an estimated 200 countries that participate in this annual event. The more people that participate in Write for Rights, the greater the influence on government officials.
Human Rights Day commemorates the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. The Declaration set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected, and it has since been translated into more than 500 languages.
You can choose to just sign the letter and address the envelope, or, with the supplied information, to hand-write a personal letter. Amnesty International’s goal is to surpass four million actions and make a difference in the lives of all 10 cases. Take just a few minutes from your day to lend a hand.