Dear Readers and Writers,
I want to share with you an opportunity to write a letter on behalf of the people in the world whose basic human rights are compromised. As we all know, there are millions of people in many countries who fall into this category and now we are being given a chance to have our say in supporting the rights of people all around the world. Please read the letter below from Amnesty International and join the millions of voices who are planning to Write for Rights this Sat. Dec 10th!
Don't miss your chance to Write for Rights
You have a unique opportunity this Saturday.
December 10th is International Human Rights Day, and you have a unique opportunity to participate in the world's largest human rights event: Write for Rights.
Write for Rights is a combined letter-writing campaign, withhundreds of thousands of participants worldwide writingmillions of letters to help put a stop to human rights violations and demand justice. In Canada alone over 30,000 people have registered to write over 62,000 letters so far.
This year, Amnesty International is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Write for Rights is going to be bigger and more special than ever before:
Amnesty Canada is Shining A Light on human rights at special events in Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls will be lit in Amnesty International yellow as part of illumination events in every corner of the globe.
To make the biggest impact possible, we need your help.
Here's how you can take part:
1. Sign up to Write for Rights
Register your participation and choose who to write for from fourteen featured cases around the globe (including Jabbar Savalan, featured to the right).
2. Shine a Light
If you're in Ottawa tonight or the Toronto or Niagara area this Saturday, join in a special Shine a Light event.
You can celebrate Amnesty International's 50th anniversary with us! Watch as Niagara Falls is lit in Amnesty yellow from 5:30pm, or join in a flash mobat the intersection of Yonge and Bloor in Toronto at 6:45pm, or find a Write for Rights event closer to you.
3. Make a donation
Tell governments that you won't stand for anyone infringing upon your human rights - or anyone else's - and help Amnesty International continue its work for another 50 years by making a donation to the Write for Rights campaign today.
Amnesty International is 100% funded by our members - we accept no government money under any conditions. Put simply, without you there would be no Amnesty International.
Thank you for taking part in this amazing event. Your support can end human rights injustices!
Alex Neve, Secretary General
Amnesty International, Canadian Section
Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian citizen and previous Individuals at Risk case labelled a national-security risk by the Canadian government and kept in forced exile for years, was taken off the UN Security Council terrorist blacklist last Wednesday, ending his nearly decade-long ordeal.
On being told of the delisting, Mr. Abdelrazik “shouted for joy, and then he wept.” The removal from the UN blacklist proves that he was never a jihadist as claimed by the Canadian and US governments.
Social Media Action Centre: Spotlight on Jabbar Savalan
Amnesty International's current AI@50 campaign is focusing on helping one of the Write for Rights cases, Jabbar Savalan. AI@50 uses the power of social media to put a stop to human rights abuses.
You can help by visiting the AI@50 website and signing up to take part. Registration takes less than a minute, and it means you can encourage your social networks to take part in a larger global action.
What people are saying about Write for Rights
I write because it's right and I have been helped by these writings in the past. Good works.
Mutang Urud - former Malaysian prisoner of conscience
Dec. 10 is my birthday, and while I give thanks for the many gifts in my life, I want to reach out to help those much less fortunate. This is a little gift I can give others.".
Sharon - Burlington, ON
Last year was my first time writing for write for rights. It was truly inspiring to see how much change something so simple could make. I can't wait to do it again!"
Chantelle - Winnipeg, MB