Right now, all around the world, human rights are under attack.
Vahid Afkari comes from a close-knit family. In 2018, Vahid and his brother Navid were arrested for peacefully attending protests in Shiraz. Three months later, his brother Habib was also arrested for peaceful protesting.
Vahid, Navid and Habib were tortured repeatedly and forced to “confess” to crimes they said they did not commit. Navid was executed in 2020, and Habib spent 550 days in solitary confinement, and was released from prison in March 2022.
Vahid has been in solitary confinement since September 2020, unjustly convicted of various baseless crimes and sentenced to decades in prison and 74 lashes.
10 chances to make a difference
For over 20 years, Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights campaign has transformed the lives of people whose rights have been wronged.
Using the power of their words, Write for Rights supporters have united behind a common purpose: together, we can change lives for the better.
This year we have teamed up with Amnesty’s flagship Protect the Protest campaign.
Throughout history, protest has been a powerful tool for change. But governments around the world are cracking down on protests and restricting people’s rights.
This year, we are taking action for brave individuals from 10 different countries, who have all paid a great price for speaking truth to power.
By standing together and ensuring that everyone – including the most discriminated against – can participate in protests equally without fear of violence, we can create a more just and equal world.
Your actions have the power to make a difference.
Joanah, Netsai and Cecillia have a lot of things in common: they love playing board games, watching Netflix and are passionate about politics. Sadly, they also share horrific memories of a terrible attack.
In 2020, after leading an anti-government protest, the women were arrested and then abducted and allegedly tortured, including by sexual assault. The women have been charged with faking their own ordeal and face years in jail.
Demand justice for Joanah, Netsai and Cecillia.
Write for Rights and challenge injustice
When we promote and defend human rights, we can create a better world for ourselves and others.
20 years of writing for rights
Write for Rights is the world’s biggest human rights event. It’s a moment when Amnesty International’s movement of ten million comes together as one to take action and stand up for freedom, justice and equality.
Every year, on World Human Rights Day (10 October), Amnesty supporters and activists from 170 countries take action – writing letters, signing petitions, and much more – telling governments to challenge injustice and right wrongs.
Those actions pressure authorities around the world to bring those responsible for human rights abuses to justice, and free people unjustly imprisoned.
From 2,326 letters in 1991 to 4.5 million letters, tweets, petition signatures and more in 2020, Write for Rights has transformed the lives of more than 100 people over the years.
Every year, real change happens because of these Write for Rights actions.
Together, our voices are powerful enough to challenge injustice and change the world.Close
Attend a Write for Rights event.
Join an event in your local community and take action for those whose rights have been wronged.
This year, Write for Rights will be our biggest event to date. We will be raising our collective power to push for the right to protest to be protected. We’ll deliver the signatures of everyone who takes action in Australia to Embassies in Canberra in February 2023.
Check out the map to RSVP to a Write for Rights event near you!
Write for Rights Events 2022
Join an event in your local community and write letters for individuals at risk!
Join an event in your local community and take action for those whose rights have been wronged!
This year, Write for Rights will be our biggest event to date. We will be raising our collective power to push for the right to protest to be protected.
We’ll deliver the signatures of everyone who takes action in Australia to Embassies in Canberra in February 2023.