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For over 15 years Amnesty activists, all around the world, have taken millions of actions to combat injustice during Write for Rights.

Write for Rights is about bringing people together to take action. When tens of thousands of Amnesty activists take action; writing letters, signing petitions, and sending solidarity cards, we know that we can create change.

Brave women around the world are risking it all to protect the rights of others. Take an action, sign a petition or send a tweet. Your words have the power to free people from human rights abuses. Will you join us in defending them?

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KILLED FOR DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS

Marielle Franco fought fearlessly for a fairer Rio de Janeiro. She stood up for black women, LGBTI people and young people, and condemned unlawful killings by police. But then she was silenced, shot to death in her car, as was her driver, Anderson Gomes. It’s part of a pattern in Brazil, where at least 70 human rights defenders were killed in 2017. People who stand up for human rights live in constant fear.

Take Action: Urge the President of Brazil to bring Marielle Franco’s killers to justice

1) Write a short letter for Marielle (case sheet)

2) Write a short solidarity note to Marielle’s family (case sheet)

3) Sign the online petition for Marielle

4) Sign the online petition (once) for all 10 cases

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Who we support

This year, our support will be directed to 10 cases of people and communities that represent the different situations of human rights violations in all regions of the world.

PROTECT NONHLE NOW

South Africa

Harassed for defending her ancestral land

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PROTECT NONHLE NOW

South Africa

Harassed for defending her ancestral land

Nonhle Mbuthuma won’t back down. She’s leading the fight for her community against a mining company which wants to mine titanium on their ancestral land. “When you take my land, you take my identity,” she says. But she’s being harassed just for defending their rights. Nonhle is part of the Amadiba traditional community, who have communal rights to land on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Around 5,000 people may be forcibly evicted if the company is allowed to mine the land. They could lose their homes, livelihoods and whole way of being. Nonhle and her community founded the Amadiba Crisis Committee to unite people across five villages to push back. Since then, she has been continually intimidated and threatened and even survived an attempt to kill her. Another community leader was shot dead in 2016 and Nonhle was next on the ‘hit list’. She believes the threats are an attempt to silence her and force her to flee her land. But she’s determined to resist. As she says: “This land was my grandmother’s, who inherited it from her grandparents. What am I going to leave for my children? Mining is not an option.”

We request:

  • Protect Nonhle Mbuthuma and investigate the harassment and intimidation targeted at her.

Write letters to:

President of the Republic of South Africa Union Buildings Private Bag X1000 Pretoria, South Africa 0001 Email: presidentrsa@presidency.gov.za Twitter: @PresidencyZA Salutation: Your Excellency

PROTECT NAWAL NOW!

Morocco

Hounded for Demanding A Better Life

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PROTECT NAWAL NOW!

Morocco

Hounded for Demanding A Better Life

Nawal Benaissa speaks out for her region, where many people feel forgotten by their government. She’s been on peaceful protests and campaigned on social media. Butshe’s been harassed by the Moroccan authorities and was given a 10-month suspended sentence for “inciting to commit an offence”. She just wants to be free to fight for the chance of a better life.

We request:

  • Halt the harassment of Nawal, as she is a peaceful protest or and human rights defender who just wants a better life for people in her region.

Write letters to:

Department of the Head of Government Palais Royal Touarga Rabat, Morocco Facebook: www.facebook.com/cg.gov.ma Twitter: @ChefGov_ma Salutation: Excellency

SHE SPEAKS OUT FOR A LIFE OF DIGNITY

Kyrgyzstan

She Fights for People with Disabilities

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SHE SPEAKS OUT FOR A LIFE OF DIGNITY

Kyrgyzstan

She Fights for People with Disabilities

Gulzar Duishenova is a fighter. In 2002, she lost movement in her legs after a car accident. She made it her life’s mission to ensure people with disabilities can live with dignity and move around freely. But she faces daily discrimination in a society where women aren’t meant to speak out and people with disabilities are seen as “invalids”.

We request:

  • Support Gulzar and other activists as they fight for the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to help address discrimination and improve access to health,buildings, jobs and transport.

Write letters to:

Speaker of Parliament Chui Prospekti, 205 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan 720000 Email:kenesh001@gmail.com Salutation: Dear Speaker

Free Mẹ Nấm now!

Vietnam

10 YEARS in Prison for Blogging

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Free Mẹ Nấm now!

Vietnam

10 YEARS in Prison for Blogging

Mẹ Nấm or “Mother Mushroom” is one of Viet Nam’s most influential bloggers. She’s pushed for action on police brutality and environmental issues, but in June 2017 she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “conducting propaganda” against the state and sharing articles online. Her harsh sentence is part of a wider attempt to silence people who speak out in her country.

We request:

  • Urge the Prime Minister of Vietnam to release Mẹ Nấm immediately and unconditionally. Shehas done nothing more than speak out peacefully to defend human rights.

Write letters to:

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Prime Minister’s Office Ha Noi Viet Nam Email: nguoiphatngonchinhphu@chinhphu.vn Salutation: Dear Prime Minister

STOP HARASSING GERALDINE!

Venezuela

Persecuted for Empowering Young People

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STOP HARASSING GERALDINE!

Venezuela

Persecuted for Empowering Young People

Geraldine Chacón always dreamed of defending others. That’s why she helps empower young people in her home city to stand up for their rights. But she’s being hounded by the authorities just for trying to make her country a better place.They imprisoned her for four months and banned her from leaving the country. Her case still isn’t closed so she could be arrested again at any moment, with no warning.

We request:

  • Tell Venezuela's Attorney General to close the case against Geraldine and give her unconditional freedom, so she can keep on standing up foryoung people in Venezuela.

Write letters to:

Address: As the postal service in Venezuela can be unreliable, please send your letter to the Venezuelan embassy or other diplomatic representation in your country. Twitter: @TarekWiliamSaab Email: ministeriopublico@mp.gob.ve Salutation: Señor Fiscal General / Mr Attorney General

SHE STOOD UP FOR A FAIRER WORLD

Brazil

Killed for Fearlessly Defending Others

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SHE STOOD UP FOR A FAIRER WORLD

Brazil

Killed for Fearlessly Defending Others

Marielle Franco fought fearlessly for a fairer Rio de Janeiro. She stood up for black women, LGBTI people and young people,and condemned unlawful killings by police. But then she was silenced, shot to death in her car. It’s part of a pattern in Brazil, where at least 70 human rights defenders were killed in 2017. People who stand up for human rights live in constant fear.

We request:

  • Bring Marielle Franco’s killers to justice,including those who ordered the crime,and to protect human rights defenders in Brazil from further threats and attacks.

Write letters to:

Brazilian President Praça dos Três Poderes, Palácio do Planalto-Brasília (DF) CEP 70150-900 BrazilEmail:gabinetepessoal@presidencia.gov.br Twitter: @planalto Salutation: Dear President

PROTECT THE SENGWER

Kenya

Violently Evicted from their Ancestral Land

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PROTECT THE SENGWER

Kenya

Violently Evicted from their Ancestral Land

The Sengwer people in Kenya have a deep, centuries-old bond with the beautiful Embobut Forest. But this Indigenous community of beekeepers and cattle herders is being violently evicted by the Kenyan government. Forest guards have burned homes and forced thousands off their ancestral land. One man has been shot dead and another seriously injured. The Sengwer are determined to resist –let’s stand with them.

We request:

  • Stop the house burnings and arrests, and remove all restrictions so that the Sengwer people can live in peace on their ancestral land in the Embobut Forest.

Write letters to:

Uhuru Kenyatta President of Kenya Harambee House PO Box 62345 -00200 Nairobi Harambee Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya Email: uhuru@uhuru.co.ke Twitter: @UKenyatta Salutation: Your Excellency

FREE ATENA NOW!

Iran

Jailed for Speaking Out Against the Death Penalty

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FREE ATENA NOW!

Iran

Jailed for Speaking Out Against the Death Penalty

Like so many, Atena Daemi dreams of an end to the death penalty in Iran. She writes Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram posts, hands out leaflets, and joins peaceful protests. Incredibly these simple actions were used as “evidence” to sentence her to seven years in prison. Her trial took just 15 minutes and she’s faced violence and degrading treatment behind bars. It’s one more cruel example of Iran silencing peaceful activism.

We request:

  • Sadly, it isn’t safe to send letters to her or her family inside Iran. But please write to us and we will ensure your messages of solidarity are heard, or show your support on Twitter or Instagram.

Write letters to:

Amnesty International –InternationalSecretariat c/o Iran Team 1 Easton Street London WC1X 0DW United Kingdom Twitter: @AtenaDaemi Instagram: www.instagram.com/atenadaemi

PROTECT PAVITRI NOW!

India

Harassed for Standing Up to Big Business

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PROTECT PAVITRI NOW!

India

Harassed for Standing Up to Big Business

Pavitri Manjhi is taking a stand. She’s part of an Adivasi Indigenous community who are beingforced to sell their land to make way for two power plants. As a village leader, she helped people file nearly100 formal complaints against the companies involved. And now she faces threats from local ‘strongmen’ in an attempt to force her to withdraw the complaints. But she won’t be silenced.

We request:

  • Give Pavitri the security she needs to protect her from further threats, harassment and intimidation.

Write letters to:

Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh Police Headquarters Naya Raipur Chhattisgarh India –492001 Email: ps.dgp-cg@gov.in Facebook: www.facebook.com/chhattisgarh.police Twitter: @CG_Police Salutation: Dear Director General of Police

PROTECT VITALINA NOW!

Ukraine

Violently Attacked for Supporting LGBTI Rights

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PROTECT VITALINA NOW!

Ukraine

Violently Attacked for Supporting LGBTI Rights

Vitalina Koval works hard to support local LGBTI people in her home city, Uzhgorod. But she was violently attacked after organising a peaceful protest on International Women’s Day 2018. The assault is just part of a wider surge in intimidation by far-right groups in Ukraine. Vitalina and human rights defenders won’t give into fear, so let’s stand with them.

We request:

  • Publicly recognise the vital role of Vitalina and other activists who defendwomen andLGBTI rights,and protect themfrom attacks by far-rightgroups.

Write letters to:

Minister of Interior Vul. Akademika Bohomoltsa, 10 Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine Email: pgmia@mvs.gov.ua Twitter: @AvakovArsen Facebook: www.facebook.com/arsen.avakov.1 Salutation: Dear Minister

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WRITE FOR RIGHT WINS

“I am very honored to be among the cases that you have selected for your Write for Rights campaign. I am honored to know people like you who denounce the injustices committed by the authorities and governments. You have brought joy into my heart. Thank you.” - Mahadine, Write for Rights 2017

Mahadine, an online activist in Chad, was released on April 5th, 2018 after spending more than 18 months in prison on fabricated charges. He had been facing a life sentence for a Facebook post critical of the government.

We have collected 480 letters so far.

How it works

1. Amnesty International identifies people and communities at risk of human rights abuses worldwide, who need solidarity and justice.
2. We pick 10 cases where global activism can make a huge difference, right now.
3. We share them with Amnesty International offices worldwide.
4. Activists organize amazing events and actions for some or all 10 people and communities around Human Rights Day on 10 December
5. People worldwide write letters, tweets, emails, faxes, SMS messages and sign petitions.
6. Messages start arriving at government offices, in prison cells and and family homes...
7. Change happens, hope grows: Prisoners might get better conditions, or be released. People know that others worldwide are taking their injustice personally.
8. Amnesty International receives updates showing that people's actions are making a difference