With the power of the pen, ordinary people can make a difference.
A word or message from you can change a person's life. This is the beginning of Amnesty International's “Write For Rights” campaign in many countries. There are still people around the world who are threatening their freedom, deprivation of liberty, though it doesn't always mean just being incarcerated. In some cases, it could mean the deprivation of the right to freedom of expression. As the government does not want people to come out and talk about the injustice, this could mean that the community may be forced to leave their ancestral homesteads, discrimination in many forms such as from gender, religion and sexuality, and because the world has a lot of injustice, we hope that it can change. This is the starting point where the Write for Rights campaign can actually make a difference.
“Write for Rights” is a campaign from Amnesty International which invites supporters from around the world to write millions of letters directly to people who have suffered human rights abuses or their families and to let them know that they are not fighting alone. The letter can send messages to encourage those whose rights have been violated. People also write letters to authorities which call for change, to end human rights violations, and bring justice to those affected. Amnesty's campaign sends a message around the world that people are ready to stand up against abuses of power wherever they happen.
In December every year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world write letters to people who have been subjected to human rights violations. Several letters were sent directly to the victims. While many more letters were sent to the governments of the countries involved, a single letter addressed to the powerful could be ignored. But if there are tens of thousands of letters calling for a change in human rights, it is hard to ignore. Amnesty's 60-year campaign has proven that writing can really change lives.