Stand up for the Brave
People across the world are taking enormous risks for our rights. But they’re being harassed, tortured, jailed and even killed – simply for daring to stand up for others.
Without their courage, our world would be less fair, less just and less equal. We must stand with human rights defenders worldwide – and do all we can to keep them safe from harm.
Speak up for those who speak out for all of us
To stand with human rights defenders, all you need is to bring people in your community together and mobilise them to take action.
Mobilisation allows us to build momentum around cases so we can strategically pressure governments to respect human rights.
When we mobilise people, getting them to write letters, sign petitions, and send solidarity cards, we know that we can create change.
But change can only happen if lots of people pick up a pen to write a letter or sign a petition. So, reach out to friends, family, colleagues, other community groups, diaspora communities, the list is endless!
Check out resources below to mobilise your community.
Hong Kong Protesters
The people of Hong Kong are bravely resisting a proposed bill that could expose them to human rights abuses, even in the face of a violent crackdown by police. We’re committed to supporting the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression – in Hong Kong and any part of the world.
Amnesty is calling on the Hong Kong government:
- to immediately withdraw the extradition law amendments,
- ensure the right to freedom of peaceful assembly,
- and allow an independent investigation into the use of force by
Hong Kong police against protesters.
International solidarity shows the Hong Kong police that the world is watching and won’t tolerate violence against protesters. To find out more about what you can do, check out the case card.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iran
Nasrin, an award-winning human rights lawyer, has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes because of her work defending women’s rights. We handed over more than one million signatures calling for her release on the firstanniversary of her arrest, 13 June. Check out the case card to find out how you can contribute to the campaign to release Nasrin.
Zak Kostopoulos, Greece
Zak, also known by his drag stage name Zackie Oh, died in September 2018 following a violent attack. 6 people have been charged in relation to Zak’s death, but the criminal investigation has been marred with failings. The case card includes opportunities to collaborate with drag performers and venues, so we can shine a light on Zak’s case around Australia and ensure justice for Zak, his friends and family.
Write for Rights
Over 15 years ago, Amnesty activists in Poland held a letter writing marathon – the first Write for Rights. Now, it’s the world’s biggest human rights event.
If you want to get involved, there’s petition, posters, and more for you to use for Write for Rights in 2019! Together, we can make change happen.