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Amnesty International UK is encouraging people to send messages of hope to those who have suffered injustice
November 5th, 2018
Our players have raised over £5.2 Million for Amnesty International UK - a movement of ordinary people standing up for human rights.
The charity have launched the world's biggest letter-writing campaign - Write for Rights 2018.
Every year, Write for Rights encourages people to send messages of hope to people around the world who have suffered injustice. This small act of humanity shows them - and those who would silence them - that we support and value their courage and determination to build a better world.
Amnesty International UK know from experience that letter-writing works. In 2017, people from 208 countries and territories - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - took part in Write for Rights, and globally sent more than 5.5 million letters, cards, emails and social media posts. They had a real impact:
- More than 430,000 helped to protect Chinese housing activist Ni Yulan and her family from assaults, harassment and eviction,
- Over 500,000 people echoed Shackelia Jackson's call for protection of human rights defenders like her, who are pursuing justice for their relatives killed by the Jamaican police, and
- Almost 875,000 demanded the release of Taner Kiliç, İdil Eser and nine other human rights activists in Turkey.
All have since been released on bail.
Write for Rights 2018 is continuing on from the success of the charity's Spirit of Suffragette campaign - also supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery - which supports women all around the world who do extraordinary things to protect human rights. They are human rights defenders in danger and they need all of us to stand up for them. When thousands of people unite for what is right and fair, then humanity wins.
Every action and every letter counts and can make a huge difference in someone's life. In 2017, nearly 350,000 people stood with Sakris Kupila, who's campaigning to change Finland's transgender recognition law. He says the support he received during Write for Rights 2017 helped to protect him from harassment and raise his profile as a trans-rights activist.
Sakris said, "The messages have helped me realise that I'm not alone in this fight and that my efforts campaigning for trans rights in Finland are not in vain. I now know that all the sacrifices I've made on this journey have been worth it."
Your words are powerful - they can change a life.
If you want to get involved, find out more about Write for Rights 2018.
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