Write for Rights: Amnesty International launches global campaign championing youth activists

Amnesty International has today launched Write for Rights, the world’s biggest human rights campaign, which this year champions children’s rights and youth activists.

“This year Write for Rights, Amnesty’s flagship human rights campaign, champions youth activists who are taking on the world’s biggest crises,” said Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

“From those campaigning for climate and environmental justice, to those challenging inequality, poverty, discrimination and political repression, young people have emerged as a powerful force for change who deserve the world’s support.”

Every December people around the world write millions of letters, emails, tweets, Facebook posts and postcards for those whose human rights are under attack, in what has become the world’s biggest human rights event.

Amnesty International is hoping to break last year’s Write for Rights record of nearly six million messages of support for activists and individuals from 10 countries whose human rights are under attack.

Youth activism in the spotlight

Youth activists have played a prominent role in major protest movements and human rights campaigns during 2019, such as the Fridays for Future climate strike movement founded by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, as well as protest movements in many countries around the world.

Write for Rights 2019 features youth human rights defenders and individuals in Belarus, Canada, China, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines and South Sudan.

Launching two days ahead of Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, a day to promote children’s rights, several of the featured activists had their rights violated as children.
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Support the Polaris Project and Help End Human Trafficking

Have you heard of the Polaris Project?  They are an organization dedicated to helping those who are victims of human trafficking, and helping prevent others from being trafficked.  This month, they are asking you to become a North Star Guide. People just like you can be a guiding light for survivors of human trafficking by making a simple commitment to donate $25 every month.

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Picture via the Polaris Project

By becoming a North Star Guide, you join dedicated supporters like Sara:

I support Polaris Project with a monthly donation for many reasons… Whenever I call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center for materials or questions about human trafficking in the U.S., knowledgeable Polaris staffers are always there to help me out.” Sara Cochran

If you’re like Sara and value our work, but don’t know how to show it, here’s your answer: become a North Star Guide. By giving monthly, you’ll be joining a community that provides stable support for our relentless efforts to restore freedom and stop traffickers from preying on vulnerable people. You’ll also be helping survivors like Isabel.
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