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.
The stories of how did your voice help them?

Your voice alone may not make a lof difference, but Write for Rights proves that when the voices of millions from all over the world come together, governments can no longer ignore human rights violations. Those whose rights have been violated will also have great hope of fighting until the day where people finally get the justice they deserve. The following statements are an important part of the success that Amnesty supporters have made by involving in campaigns to help those who have been violated over the years.

Nassima al-Sada,

A campaigner for women’s freedom, walked free from jail in June 21. Nassima had been arrested in 2018 for peacefully defending human rights. While imprisoned the guards beat her and banned anyone from visiting – even her lawyer. Supporters worldwide wrote  777,611 letters, tweets and more. Nassima’s son, Mousa al-Sada, feels that international attention on his mother helped push her case to a verdict, after years of stagnation and aided in securing her release. Nassima is still subject to a travel ban, meaning she cannot leave Saudi Arabia for five years.


Yecenia Armenta,

She was imprisoned for 4  years, after being tortured in order to force a confession that she killed her husband. As part of Write 4 Rights 2015 over 300,000 actions were taken on her case urging the Mexican Government to drop the charges and release her. This activism helped shift public opinion and media coverage, and pressured the government; she was acquitted and released in March 2016.


Phyoe Phyoe Aung

A young human rights defender and Secretary General of one of Myanmar’s largest student unions. On March 10, 2015, she and 50 other students were arrested by police for their peaceful demonstrations against an education law they believe limits freedom of education. Phyoe Phyoe Aung was charged with a range of offenses including taking part in an unlawful assembly and inciting the public to commit offenses against the State. She faced up to nine years’ imprisonment and was a prisoner of conscience. She was freed on April 8, 2016.


Khaled Drareni

Spent 11 months in jail and became a symbol for much needed press freedom in Algeria. In March 2020, Khaled was arrested while covering a peaceful demonstration. He was charged with inciting an unarmed gathering and harming the integrity of the national territory and sentenced to three years in prison – all for simply doing his job as a journalist. Following continuous attention from the campaign, and mass mobilisation by activists, Khaled was released on 19 February 2021. Khaled is still facing charges. We will not stop until these charges are dropped.

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