Human rights activists pursue Letter-Writing Marathon
(NC) — It's the biggest event of the year for human rights supporters—a global letter-writing marathon called Write for Rights (writeathon.ca). Held for the past ten years, it is fun, inspiring, and above all it's about supporting human rights.
Write for Rights takes place on December 10 — International Human Rights Day — but now is the right time to start planning your own event.
Thousands of people — students in universities, people at home, schools, workplace lunchrooms and faith communities — will sit down, alone or in small groups, and write letters aimed at stopping human rights violations to governments around the world.
Why write a letter?
Because it works. It shows a government that you are concerned about an individual at risk and are prepared to write a letter about it. Many people write letters and the cumulative effect is powerful. For individual participants, they find that writing a letter teaches them about human rights and that taking a simple action empowers them. “I loved it!” “It's so exciting to be doing this with people around the world.” “What a terrific experience for people in our school.” For some people, writing letters to protect people's human rights may seem impossible. But it makes a difference.
Members of Amnesty International, the global human rights organization, are the driving force behind the event, which each year breaks a new record for participation. Information about taking part in the event is available by contacting email@example.com.