Write for Rights 2020: You're already changing lives!

In 2020, Amnesty International Australia supporters took over 185,000 actions as part of Write for Rights. Millions of others took action all around the world to challenge injustice.

Those actions are already making a difference and changing lives.

Challeging injustice and changing lives

On 19 February Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, imprisoned for covering protests, was conditionally released!

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I want to thank everyone who supported me and who supported the prisoners of conscience because your support is essential for all of us.

Khaled Drareni thanking Amnesty supporters following his release.

On Monday 8 March, International Women’s Day, the South African Police Service committed to investigating Popi and Bongeka’s case.

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The commitment followed a meeting where Amnesty South Africa, along with Popi’s sister Lihle and mother Nomsa, handed over 316,796 actions taken by Amnesty supporters during Write for Rights

In Australia, tens of thousands of supporters and activists stood with survivors and took action calling on governments to ban conversion practice. On 4 February, Victoria passed world leading legislation to ban harmful conversion practices.

Australia writes for rights 

In Australia, activists organised an incredible 60 events, both offline and online. At these events, they sent more than 5,000 letters, solidarity messages and tweets! Activists also held the inaugural 10 Days of Activism, bringing together hundreds of people to hear from speakers, including poets and protesters, about human rights and take action for Write for Rights.

In February 2021, activists in Canberra handed over all the actions taken in Australia to Embassies, and met with Embassy representatives.

Sending solidarity

Supporters also wrote thousands of solidarity messages, which are being posted to people right now, reminding them they’re not alone in their fight for justice

On February 12, Amnesty International Netherlands handed over thousands of solidarity messages for women’s rights defender Nassima to her son Mousa.

Later in February, Amnesty International South Africa also handed over solidarity messages to Popi’s sister Lihle and Bongeka’s cousin Mdu.

What now?

We will continue to campaign for the immediate and unconditional release of Khaled, and to call on governments to combat injustices and respect human rights. Want to get involved in a movement that makes a difference? Find out how here.