ABOUT WRITE FOR RIGHTS
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.
WRITE FOR RIGHTS 101
How do I join Write for Rights?
You can participate on your own, join an event in your community — or you can host your own event! We’re here to help. If you have any questions, please contact the Write for Rights team at firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-AMNESTY (1-800-266-3789)!
What is the main goal of Write for Rights?
The purpose of the Write for Rights is to mobilize millions of people around the world on International Human Rights Day, December 10. The main goal is to use the power of letter-writing to influence world leaders to protect individuals or communities whose human rights have been denied.
Who can participate?
Everyone! You don’t need to have previous experience with human rights or Amnesty International to participate. Amnesty welcomes all those who are keen to keep shining the light on human rights. Whether you plan to participate as a letter-writer, event organizer, event attendee or donor, you’ll be making a difference.
How can I participate?
Choose one or more of these options:
- You can register online as an individual letter-writer.
- Join a letter-writing event in your community. Check out our map of events currently organized in Canada (watch for more as we get closer to December 10th!)
- Organize your own Write for Rights event – big or small – and invite friends, family, or colleagues to participate.
Does letter-writing work?
Yes, it does! Visit our Success Stories page for just a few examples. We’ve learned that it takes persistence. Some countries can be more responsive than others and some high profile prisoners of conscience face repeat arrests.
Who am I writing letters for?
Every year, Amnesty International identifies people and communities at risk of human rights abuses worldwide who urgently seek solidarity and justice. This year we’ve picked 10 cases where Canada-wide and global activism can make a huge difference, right now.
We write letters for the individuals and communities whose human rights are being abused. These letters are typically addressed to the state authorities who have power to end the human rights abuses at hand.
All the information that you need concerning case background, content, letter-writing, and address are available in the Resources page.
You can choose to write a letter on any, some, or even all of the Write for Rights cases.
Where do I find advice on writing my letters?
Check out our Materials Page!
Do I have to write on December 10th?
Most people are planning to write on December 10th to mark Human Rights Day. However, some events may take place earlier or later. We will be collecting letters until January 2020.
If I don’t register, can I still participate?
Of course! However, we strongly encourage you to register because it allows us to keep you in the loop, and helps us track the impact of participation across Canada! Registration is available online up until December 10th..
What language should I use to write my letters?
Write in any language in which you are fluent to avoid unintentional mistakes in grammar or vocabulary.
How many letters should I write?
We invite you to set your own letter-writing goal: one, five, ten or more letters. Each letter makes a difference, especially when we remember that thousands of people are also sending appeal letters, emails and tweets. No matter what you have time for, be sure to report your numbers on December 10th so yours can be added to the global total!
Can I keep writing letters for Amnesty after Write for Rights?
Absolutely! Thousands of Canadians are members of our Urgent Action Network. This dynamic network allows members to receive an appeal from Amnesty as frequently as they choose and on the type of human rights issues that interest them. For example, you could ask to receive one appeal per month for women at risk, about threats of torture or about the death penalty.
Where can I organize an event?
You can organize an event at home, at school, in your community, on your own, online with friends…be creative! We’re always excited to hear about new events across Canada.
What kinds of resources are available to publicize an event?
Can I order more materials?
Yes! To order additional materials for your event – posters, pens, buttons, postcards – please visit our online shop (*please note: if orders go beyond a certain weight, shipping costs may be added). If you order materials after December 3rd, please make arrangement for covering the cost of special mail.
Do I have to register my event online?
It is preferable to register online. Your event will automatically be entered on our event list website. It’s a great tool to help you organize and allows you to be linked with the rest of Canada on December 10th.
Registering for Write for Rights is your pledge to participate in the event. It also gives us an indication of how many people are planning on participating and how many letters were written during the campaign.
If you’re having troubles with online registration, just contact Marilyn at 416 363-9933 ext.325. She’ll get you registered!
Get involved and raise money for human rights by inviting friends and family to sponsor your December 10th letter writing!
All you need to do is pick a goal, create your fundraising page, grab a pen and start writing.
This could be anything from an invidual goal from the comfort of your own bedroom to a community-wide event. Whatever you decide to do, you can be assured that every dollar that you raise will be supporting young human rights defenders who are under threat around the world.
Ready to start? Learn more here.