Your words have power

5 December 2022

5 min read

We’re proud to announce we’ll once again be supporting Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign this year; offering support and solidarity to people around the globe who may need it most.

Since 2019, our colleagues and customers have contributed over 10,000 letters and taken action to support people and organisations who are enduring human rights abuses across the world.

The overwhelming success of Amnesty’s previous Write for Rights campaigns show how your messages of solidarity, alongside fellow Amnesty supporters from around the world, offer support and reassurance to people, often including those carrying out difficult and often dangerous work, in order to stand-up for their own human rights and those of others.

How you can get involved

Although it only takes a few minutes to send a letter or sign a petition — your words are powerful. And your actions can really make a difference to someone’s life by applying pressure onto authorities to take action to help people facing torture, harassment, or unjust imprisonment.

This year we’re supporting three activists Amnesty’s Write for Rights campaign, and you can take action to show your support for them and their causes.

Whether you choose to write for the rights of just one or all of the people highlighted, we’d like to thank you for joining us in this important campaign.

Read about the causes we’re supporting

Shahnewaz Chowdhury: Facing prison for a Facebook post

Shahnewaz was worried about the impact a new coal-fired power plant would have on his village in Banshkhali, a low-lying coastal area in the southeast of Bangladesh which is vulnerable to the impact of climate change. He took to Facebook to raise his concerns and on 28 May 2021 he was arrested by the police, and detained for 80 days in inhumane conditions without trial. He now faces years in prison for speaking out.

Take action and demand justice for Shahnewaz

Aleksandra Skochilenko: Jailed for opposing Russian aggression against Ukraine

Troubled by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Aleksandra decided to do something. On 31 March 2022 she replaced price tags in a local supermarket in Saint Petersburg with little paper labels detailing information about the invasion. She has been detained in terrible conditions since her arrest and is facing up to a decade in prison.

Take action and call for Aleksandra’s release

Yren and Mariana: Protesting to exist

Trans people in Paraguay cannot legally change their names or obtain identity documents that match their gender identity. Yren and Mariana just want the same rights as everyone else. They want to be legally known as who they are, and not who society tells them they are. As trans women, Yren and Mariana have been prevented from speaking out about the issues they face daily, as protests by trans groups are often banned, and in some cases, demonstrations have been attacked.

Take action and tell Paraguay to legally recognise the identity of trans people

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