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Write For Rights is Amnesty International’s largest annual human rights campaign. It brings millions together to free people around the world from human rights abuses – because when we act together, we change lives.

During Write for Rights, people from over 170 countries take millions of actions, putting pressure on governments and making change happen.

On the 10th of December – International Human Rights Day – people like you around the world will write letters and take online action for youth human rights defenders who need urgent help.

Through the power of collective action, these letters will convince government officials to free young people unjustly imprisoned, stop torture and end other abuses.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

You can create your own letter writing event, find an event near you or sign online petitions for youth who are under threat.

It's fun, it's easy and it truly helps change lives.

WRITE A LETTER, CHANGE A LIFE – Your words have power!

Host or attend a Write for Rights event
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Sign petitions online
So far we have 350 signatures.

The cases

This year's cases are all youth human rights defenders. Meet and take action for them below:

Yiliyasijiang Reheman

China

Help us find Yiliyasijiang Reheman

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Yiliyasijiang Reheman

China

Help us find Yiliyasijiang Reheman

In China, Uyghur people are being rounded up and forced into internment camps. Over two years ago, Yiliyasijiang Reheman went missing while studying in Egypt - his family believe he was taken.

Demand his release now.

We request:

  • Call on the Chinese government to:
  • • Release Yiliyasijiang Reheman
  • • Close the political ‘re-education’ camps’, disclose the whereabouts of the people kept in the camps and ensure while detained that they have access to family members and lawyers of their choice.

Write letters to:

President of the People's Republic of China
Xi Jinping
Zhongnanhai, Xichangan’jie Xichengqu
Beijing Shi 100017
China

actions@amnesty.org.nz

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Marinel Sumook Ubaldo

Philippines

Join Marinel’s calls for climate justice

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Marinel Sumook Ubaldo

Philippines

Join Marinel’s calls for climate justice

Marinel Ubaldo’s life was turned upside down when a super typhoon ravaged her home in the Philippines. She’s now campaigning for her community to be safely rehomed and for her government – and governments across the world – to start facing up to the true impacts of climate change.

We request:

  • Stand with Marinel and call on President Duterte to ensure his government
  • • guarantees access to water, electricity, safe and adequate housing, and livelihood opportunities to those impacted by Typhoon Yolanda.
  • • Starts facing up to the true impacts of climate change

Write letters to:

President of the Philippines
President Rodrigo R. Duterte
Malacañang Complex
J.P. Laurel Street
San Miguel, Manila 1005
Philippines

pcc@malacanang.gov.ph
https://www.facebook.com/pcoogov/

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Emil Ostrovko

Belarus

Tell Belarus to free Emil

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Emil Ostrovko

Belarus

Tell Belarus to free Emil

Emil Ostrovko was 17 when he was arrested and badly beaten by police officers. Now 19, he is serving an eight-year prison sentence for a minor drug offence, crushing his plans to go to university. He is one of thousands of children and young people serving long prison sentences in Belarus for petty drugs offences. They are forced to do hard labour for long hours and treated more harshly than other offenders.

Tell Belarus to free Emil.

We request:

  • Take action now and demand that the government of Belarus:
  • • Free Emil
  • • Clear his criminal record
  • • End the practice of imprisoning children for minor, non-violent drug offences.

Write letters to:

Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus
Alexander Koniuk
Internatsionalnaya Str., 22
220030 Minsk
Belarus

info@prokuratura.gov.by

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Sarah Mardini and Seán Binder

Greece

Demand the charges against Sarah and Seán are dropped

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Sarah Mardini and Seán Binder

Greece

Demand the charges against Sarah and Seán are dropped

In Greece, you can go to jail for saving lives. It happened to rescue workers Sarah Mardini, 24, and Seán Binder, 25, because they volunteered for a sea search and rescue organization in Lesvos. They helped people in danger at sea, many of whom were fleeing abuses in their countries. But they ended up in prison charged with spying, people smuggling and belonging to a criminal organization.

Tell Greece to drop all charges against Sarah and Seán.

We request:

  • Sign the petition calling on the Greek authorities to:
  • - Drop the charges against Sarah Mardini and Seán Binder
  • - Publicly acknowledge the legitimacy of humanitarian work which supports refugee and migrant rights

Write letters to:

Greek Minister of Citizen Protection
Michalis Chrisochoidis
Ministry of Citizen Protection
P. Kanellopoulou 4
Athens, 101 77,
Greece

minister@yptp.gr

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Grassy Narrows Youth

Canada

Demand a healthy future for Grassy Narrows youth

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Grassy Narrows Youth

Canada

Demand a healthy future for Grassy Narrows youth

Over the past 50 years, toxic mercury has poisoned rivers and fish vital to the Indigenous Anishinaabe community of Grassy Narrows. Because of government inaction, generations of young people have grown up with devastating health problems and the loss of their cultural traditions. In 2017, the government promised to deal with the mercury crisis “once and for all” - the community’s youth are determined to get them to keep their promises.

Tell Canada to restore what mercury has taken from the people of Grassy Narrows. The community and their future generations must be allowed to live in a thriving community and healthy environment.

We request:

  • Call on the Canadian government to:
  • - Provide specialised health care for survivors of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows.
  • - Provide compensation to all community members for the impacts of mercury poisoning.
  • - Formally acknowledge that the people of Grassy Narrows are suffering from mercury poisoning.

Write letters to:

Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2
Canada

actions@amnesty.org.nz

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WHAT IS WRITE FOR RIGHTS?

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What is Write for Rights?

So far 350 actions have been taken for human rights!

How does Write for Rights work?

1. Amnesty International identifies individuals around the world who're at risk and are in need of solidarity and justice.
2. We find human rights defenders who urgently need our help and who we can make a real difference for.
3. The stories of these individuals are shared with all Amnesty offices across the globe.
4. As we head towards Human Rights Day in December, Amnesty advocates organise events to show solidarity.
5. People all over the world write letters, emails, Tweet, sign petitions and more.
6. Our messages reach the offices of governments and other decision makers, the individuals at risk and their families.
7. Our words are powerful and result in real change. Individuals at risk find hope and lives can even be saved!
8. Amnesty gets feedback on all the real change made by our collective actions.