Thanks to you, Write for Rights 2019 was our biggest campaign yet! In December and beyond, more than 8,500 people across Canada gathered at 367 public and private events in homes, schools, cafes, places of worship, workplaces and more, to send 78,000+ letters, emails, petitions, cards and tweets in solidarity with the young human rights defenders we supported this year. Around the world, Amnesty International supporters took more than 6.5 million actions – our highest total ever! Check out photos from across Canada and around the world.
The City of Edmonton lit the bridge all yellow (our signature colour) for us today, in honour of International Human Rights Day. #w4r19 #write4rights #yeglocal #amnestyinternational #amnestyedmonton #december10cityhall #lightthebridgeyeg #writeathon #freegrassy #asubpeeschosewagong #yeg #amnesty
You were joined by hundreds of thousands of activists from around the world for Amnesty’s biggest global day of action.
A few more highlights from Write for Rights 2019:
Global solidarity with Grassy Narrows youth
This year the eyes of the world were on a case in Canada: the youth of Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) First Nation, who are demanding the Canadian government keep its promises to finally address the mercury crisis in their community. Read highlights from Write for Rights solidarity with Grassy Narrows youth and their fight for a healthy future.
The fight for justice for Grassy Narrows has gone global! Crystal Swain and Hazel Sneaky from Grassy Narrows First Nation are in Brazil with @anistiabrasil for Write for Rights to share the story of their community’s 50+ year fight for justice after mercury poisoning. Support their call for Mercury Justice by signing up to Write for Rights [link in bio]. . . . #w4r2019 #mercuryjustice #freegrassy #grassynarrows
Thank you from Emil
You’re already making an impact. We’re happy to share a thank you message from 19 year-old Emil Ostrovko, for supporting the call for his freedom from prison in Belarus:
“‘Over the last few months I have been receiving messages of solidarity from all over the world and they have given me enormous strength and inspiration. This campaign made me believe in the importance of fighting for my rights. It showed me that my life mattered and that I was not forgotten.
Many of my fellow prisoners are young people like me and their circumstances are similar to mine. They ask me to share solidarity cards with them and they keep them as symbols of hope and encouragement. Thank you so much!”
We will update you on other cases as we get information!
About Write for Rights
Seventeen years ago, Write for Rights was a small venture. Today it’s the world’s biggest human rights event. Every December, supporters across the globe write hundreds of thousands of letters, send thousands of solidarity cards, sign thousands of petitions and many other kinds of action – all calling for justice for those whose human rights are being attacked. And every year, real positive change takes place because of those letters and actions: People under attack are protected, people wrongfully imprisoned are released, torturers are brought to justice and people in prison are treated more humanely.