Write For Rights 2022 WRITE FOR RIGHTS Write a letter. Change a life.

Think you can't change the world? You already have!

Reading the news can be really depressing. Sometimes there seems to be so much wrong in the world, the idea of changing it for the better feels impossible. But as Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign shows, you can make big difference by doing something ‘little’.  

Writing a letter, sending a Tweet, signing a petition. Surely you can’t change the world with something so simple? Yes, you can!  

In 2021, millions of people, just like you, changed the lives of 10 people whose human rights had been stripped from themTaking just little bit of time to send a Tweet or write a letter has made the world of difference to the people we supported through the campaign in 2020. Here are some of their stories.  

So... before we launch into the successes of previous years, make sure you're signed up for this year!

Here are just some examples of how words written during Write for Rights have changed lives:

Jailed activist freed in Saudi Arabia

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Nassima al-Sada, a campaigner for women’s freedom, walked free from jail in June 2021. Nassima had been arrested in 2018 for peacefully defending human rights. While imprisoned the guards beat her and banned anyone from visiting - even her lawyer. Supporters worldwide wrote a massive 777,611 letters, tweets and moreNassima’s son, Mousa al-Sada, feels that international attention on his mother helped push her case to a verdict, after years of stagnation and aided in securing her release. Nassima is still subject to a travel ban, meaning she cannot leave Saudi Arabia for five years – Amnesty supporters will continue to fight for Nassima’s full freedom.  


Father of three to be reunited with his family

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On 30 June 2021 NGO worker and human rights defender Germain Rukuki was released from prison after being found guilty of a slew of sham charges and sentenced to 32 years in prison in Burundi. He was jailed before getting a chance to hold his youngest child, born just weeks after he was taken in July 2017. His family fled the country for fear of reprisals. Germain will soon be reunited with his family, after more than 400,000 actions calling for his release.   


One step closer to justice in South Africa

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The families of murdered best friends Popi Qwabe and Bongeka Phungula finally have reason to believe that justice for their loved ones is on the horizon. Until recently, Popi and Bongeka’s friends and families had been distressed and angered by irregularities and delays in the police investigation into their 2017 murders. However, in March 2021, police revived the case after receiving 341,106 petition signatures from supporters worldwide. The police have now completed their investigation and handed over the case to the country’s National Prosecuting Authority. “I feel optimistic,” said Popi’s sister Thembelihle. “I feel like finally, something is about to change.”


It’s not just a tweet or a letter!

So, what can a tweet, postcard or signature really achieve? As it turns out, LOADS. With their words, supporters unleashed a wave of warmth and solidarity across the globe for the people we featured last year. Those words helped comfort people in distress. They also helped amplify these people’s calls for justice, in some cases persuading leaders to step up and do the right thing by them.

Write for Rights is kicking off again!

This year, we’re standing by people around the world whose basic human rights are being attacked. These people need you to stand by them.

If you have any doubts that your words can make a difference, Jani Silva, an environmental activist from Colombia can assure you they do. Jani’s fearless opposition to environmental contamination and human rights violations has had frightening consequences. She’s been followed, intimidated, and threatened with death. Following the 2020 Write for Rights campaign, Jani said:

“I am so very grateful for the letters. From the bottom of my heart, this campaign has kept me alive. It’s what has stopped them from killing me, because they know that you are there.

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