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Proud supporters of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign

03 December 2019

We are a community of people that get involved rather than stand on the sidelines, and we speak up on the causes that matter. Supporting human rights remains one of the longest-standing commitments in our Ethical Policy and, throughout the history of our partnership with Amnesty International UK, we have stood together in support of those at risk for defending human rights.

Across 2019 and 2020, we’re focusing our efforts on supporting young people standing up for human rights in the UK and across the globe. We’re proud to be supporting Rise Up, a year-long training programme developing the next generation of human rights defenders and, this December, we’re delighted to be supporting Write for Rights 2019.

What is Write for Rights?

Write for Rights is Amnesty International’s global letter-writing campaign. Every year, Amnesty raises awareness of several human rights causes by encouraging messages of support for those who are suffering injustice and campaigning for change around the world.

In 2018, almost 6 million letters and messages were sent during Write for Rights, and more than 182,000 people in the UK took part in the campaign. This demonstration of solidarity and support has already changed lives for the better:

  • More than 500,000 messages demanding to know who killed human rights activist and Rio councillor Marielle Franco were sent to the Brazilian authorities. In March 2019, two former police officers were arrested for the crime.
  • More than 250,000 solidarity messages were sent to Gulzar Duishenova, who campaigns for the rights of people with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan. In March 2019, the government signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Some 700,000 letters and appeals were sent in support of Atena Daemi, who was jailed in Iran for criticising the death penalty. She was later given access to the medical treatment she requires.

Write for Rights 2019

This year’s campaign aims to take action in support of remarkable young people around the world - those who are being denied their human rights, or are fighting for lasting change in their communities. Stand in solidarity with them by joining Write for Rights 2019 and writing a letter of support for their cases.

Migrant Women:

Migrant women find it virtually impossible to access protection if they experience domestic abuse. Many are blocked from accessing public funds and are turned away from life-saving refuges. Many are too scared to report the violence to the police or other services, for fear of being detained or deported. Read more about their cause here.

Marinel Ubaldo:

Marinel was 16 when Typhoon Yolanda destroyed her village, Matarinao. The typhoon killed 6,300 people in the Philippines and millions lost their homes. Since the typhoon, Marinel has become a leading youth activist, dedicated to ensuring governments around the world confront climate change and its impact on communities like hers. Find out more here.

Young Trans People:

Trans people face discrimination and violence in society simply for being who they are. Amnesty International are calling for a reformed Gender Recognition Act (GRA) based on self-determination, recognition of non-binary gender identities, and for this to be available to children and young people. Join the fight for trans equality here.

Take action today

We believe in the power of ‘we’, and when hundreds of thousands of us co-operate and act together, positive change can happen. Join The Co-operative Bank in supporting young human rights defenders in the UK and around the world by:

  • Writing an appeal letter demanding action, or a letter of solidarity to those fighting for change. From 10 December until the end of the campaign on 31 December, you can write and send your letters from any Co-operative Bank branch. Find your local branch here.
  • Taking action online; using social media to raise awareness, or sending an e-mail in support of a cause here.

For more information on the campaigners, their causes, and how you can take part in this year’s Write for Rights campaign, visit Amnesty International UK’s website. Together, we will stand in solidarity with young people fighting for freedom, justice and equality.

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