“Your words have Power” is the motto for Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Event, held each December around the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Comox Valley Amnesty Action Circle invites members of the public to join them for their annual writeathon on Monday December 11, 2-4 pm at the Courtenay Library. We’ll write letters, share information about Amnesty International’s work and enjoy holiday cookies.
Write for Rights mobilizes millions of people around the world to use the power of letter-writing to influence world leaders to protect individuals or communities whose human rights have been denied. Cases have been selected where global activism can make a difference right now.
Members of MILPAH in Honduras, have received threats and even attacks for defending the territory and rights of the Lenca Indigenous People. One of their campaigns sought to stop the construction of several hydroelectric plants.
Participating in a peaceful protest march against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories was sufficient for the authorities to lay charges against Issa Amro and Farid al-Atrash. Not currently in detention, they could face a prison term if a military court finds them guilty. Amnesty International believes the charges against the two Palestinian human rights defenders are unfounded.
Chinese activist Ni Yulan defends people who have been forcibly evicted from their homes by housing developers. In response to her activism, authorities demolished her own home shortly before the Olympic Games in Beijing and have evicted her and her family from their homes multiple times. She has also endured surveillance, harassment and beatings that now confine her to a wheelchair.
The disappearance of her husband spurred Hanan Badr el-Din to become a human rights defender in Egypt. She founded an association called Families of the Forcibly Disappeared and worked to end enforced disappearances until her arrest on questionable charges in May 2017. She was to have been released after 15 days but she remains in custody.
Last year Amnesty sent over 3.7 million messages from 200 countries to make a difference in peoples lives. Since the proclamation by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, there has been much progress, but there remains much work to do. Including here in Canada, where AI has a focus on Indigeneous rights. Please join us.
For more information about Amnesty International, and this year’s cases go to www.amnesty.caCV Amnesty International