LIMERICK people are being encouraged to take part in an annual letter writing marathon that could potentially save lives.
Write for Rights is Amnesty’s global letter writing campaign and the world’s biggest human rights event.
Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked.
This year people are being asked to support children and young people who are working to highlight some of the world’s biggest crises.
Among them is Yasaman Aryanai from Iran, who is in prison for advocating for women’s rights. Yasaman believes that women should have have the freedom to wear what they want. After a video which showed the Iranian woman hand white roses out to women on a train with her hair uncovered went viral, Yasaman was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
This year, many people will gather at Writing Points around the world to support her, writing letters to her and urging her government to give her freedom.
“One letter will not change a lot, but millions of letters can change somebody’s life,” said an Amnesty spokesperson.
People from Limerick can support this year’s Writing for Rights campaign from December 1 to December 15, by writing letters at writing points at Limerick Youth Service on Lower Glentworth Street and at the University of Limerick.
Paricipants can also read stories of other cases being highlighted in this year’s campaign at the Writing Points.
For more information about Write for Rights, click here.