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On international Human Rights Day, Amnesty supporters from around the world are coming together to write letters to human rights defenders and to the governments that are putting them at risk. If thousands of us write for rights, we can support human rights defenders while helping to convince governments to free prisoners of conscience and end urgent cases of abuse. On December 10, let’s show the world is watching.

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Warm up for December 10 by sending emails for these urgent cases!

Xulhaz Mannan

Bangladesh

Bangladesh needs to bring Xulhaz's killers to justice

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Xulhaz Mannan

Bangladesh

Bangladesh needs to bring Xulhaz's killers to justice

It was April 25, 2016 and human rights defender Xulhaz Mannan [pronounced Jhool haz] was in his apartment with a colleague. Suddenly, men wielding machetes burst in and hacked them to death. Despite ample evidence, including CCTV footage and eyewitness testimony, the killers have gotten away with murder.

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  • Write a letter to the Bangladesh Home Minister
  • Tell him to ensure Xulhaz’s killers are brought to justice
  • Asaduzzaman Khan
  • Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Bangladesh Secretariat, Building – 8
  • Dhaka
  • Bangladesh
  • Salutation: Dear Home Minister

Minister
Asaduzzaman Khan
Bangladesh Secretariat, Building – 8
Dhaka
Bangladesh

minister@mha.gov.bd

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Hanan Badr el-Din

Egypt

Stop the criminalization of Hanan Badr el-Din for her work to end forced disappearances

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Hanan Badr el-Din

Egypt

Stop the criminalization of Hanan Badr el-Din for her work to end forced disappearances

When Hanan Badr el-Din’s husband disappeared in July 2013, her life changed. Her search for him led her to become a human rights defender working with others whose loved ones were also taken by the security forces. It also resulted in her arrest on false charges for which she faces five years in prison.

Act Now

  • Call on the President of Egypt to drop all charges against Hanan and free her immediately and unconditionally.

President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Office of the President
Al Ittihadia Palace
Cairo
Egypt

p.spokesman@op.gov.eg

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Sakris Kupila

Finland

Sakris wants his gender identity to be reflected on his identity documents

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Sakris Kupila

Finland

Sakris wants his gender identity to be reflected on his identity documents

Sakris Kupila does not identify as a woman. Yet the 21-year-old medical student must endure daily embarrassment because his identity documents say he is female. To reassign your gender in Finland, you must be diagnosed with a “mental disorder” and be sterilized. Sakris wants to be accepted for who he is without submitting to those requirements. He is demanding a change to the law.

Act Now

  • Take action online by calling on the Prime Minister of Finland to change the law and support transgender activists.

Prime Minister
Juha Sipilä
Finnish Government
PL 23, 00023 Valtioneuvosto
Finland

juha.sipila@vnk.fi
http://amn.st/60028tb22

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MILPAH

Honduras

Land and water protectors in Honduras face threats of violence for their vital work

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MILPAH

Honduras

Land and water protectors in Honduras face threats of violence for their vital work

Members of MILPAH have received threats and even attacks for defending the territory and rights of the Lenca Indigenous People in Honduras. One of their campaigns sought to stop the construction of several hydroelectric plants.

Act Now

  • Write or email a letter to the President of Honduras asking him to protect land and water defenders.

Presidente
Juan Orlando Hernández
Casa Presidencial
Bulevar Juan Pablo II
Tegucigalpa
Honduras

ambassador@embassyhonduras.hn

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Issa Amro & Farid al-Atrash

Israel

Peaceful Palestinian protesters are facing prison terms in Israel

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Issa Amro & Farid al-Atrash

Israel

Peaceful Palestinian protesters are facing prison terms in Israel

Participating in a peaceful protest march against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories was sufficient for the authorities to lay charges against Issa Amro and Farid al-Atrash. The two men are not currently in detention but if a military court finds them guilty, they could face a prison term. Amnesty International believes the charges against the two Palestinian human rights defenders are unfounded.

Act Now

  • Write a letter or email Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu and call on him to drop the charges against Issa Amro and Farid al-Atrash

Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street, PO Box 187
Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem 91950
Israel

pm_eng@pmo.gov.il

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Shackelia Jackson

Jamaica

Protect Shackelia from harassment and intimidation while she campaigns to end police violence

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Shackelia Jackson

Jamaica

Protect Shackelia from harassment and intimidation while she campaigns to end police violence

Shackelia Jackson will not give up searching for justice. When police gunned down her brother, she rallied dozens of families whose loved ones were similarly killed and took them with her to court. In response, the police have repeatedly raided and harassed her community.

Act Now

  • Write a letter or email the Prime Minister of Jamaica asking him to protect Shakelia Jackson and ensure justice for all those killed by police.

Prime Minister
Andrew Holmes
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
Kingston 10
Jamaica

primeminister@opm.gov.jm

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Clovis Razafimalala

Madagascar

Clovis is facing jail time for protecting Madagascar's vanishing rainforest

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Clovis Razafimalala

Madagascar

Clovis is facing jail time for protecting Madagascar's vanishing rainforest

Clovis Razafimalala is doing everything he can to protect Madagascar’s vanishing rainforest. But not everyone appreciates his efforts to defend the environment. Authorities have invented charges against him and could use them to jail him at any moment.

Act Now

  • Write a letter or email to Madacasgar's Minister of Justice asking them to overturn the sentence against Clovis Razafimalala immediately.

Minister of Justice
Rasolo Elise Alexandrine
Ministry of Justice
43 Rue Joel Rakotomolala
Faravohitra – Antananarivo
Madagascar

spminjus@yahoo.fr

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Taner Kilic & the Istanbul 10

Turkey

As part of a crack down on human rights Turkey has falsely charged 11 human rights activists with terrorism related offences.

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Taner Kilic & the Istanbul 10

Turkey

As part of a crack down on human rights Turkey has falsely charged 11 human rights activists with terrorism related offences.

Right now, 11 people who have dedicated their lives to defending the human rights of journalists, activists and other dissenting voices in Turkey are themselves in danger. Among them are Amnesty International’s Taner Kılıç and İdil Eser. All are on trial for “terrorism” related crimes – an absurd attempt to choke their human rights activism.

Act Now

  • Tell Turkey to stop persecuting these human rights defenders and drop the charges against them.

Minister of Justice
Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül
c/o Amnesty International Canada
312 Laurier Avenue
Ottawa K1N 1H9
Canada

ozelkalem@adalet.gov.tr

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Host an event or plan a creative action to engage your community, your event can be public or private. We act together because when thousands of people from around the world speak out at the same time, our voices united cannot be ignored. By participating in Write for Rights, you're challenging systemic human rights abuses like torture and the death penalty. You’re standing up for women's rights, LGBTI rights and corporate accountability. Each letter you write can change a life.

WHAT IS WRITE FOR RIGHTS?

Write for Rights is a way to mark International Human Rights Day by sending a letter. 

LETTER WRITING WORKS

Every year around December 10, Amnesty supporters send letters on behalf of people they've never met. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion, stop the use of torture, and end other human rights abuses. Letter writing has always been at the heart of Amnesty International's work, and 54 years of activism shows us that words have power. Last year we sent over 4.6 million messages from 200 countries -- and changed lives.
 

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How Write for Rights works

1. Amnesty identifies people and communities at risk of human rights abuses worldwide, who need solidarity and justice.
2. We pick cases where global activism can make a huge difference, rights now.
3. We share them with Amnesty offices worldwide.
4. Activists organize amazing events and actions around the cases.
5. People worldwide write letters, tweets, emails and sign petitions.
6. Messages start arriving at government offices, prison cells, family homes.
7. Change happens and hope grows! Prisoners get better conditions and can be released.
8. Amnesty receives updates showing that people's actions are making a difference!