Public invited to join global campaign for human rights

WRITE ON: Trish Feast with Heather Drew of Amnesty Mudgee at the Mudgee Library on Friday.

WRITE ON: Trish Feast with Heather Drew of Amnesty Mudgee at the Mudgee Library on Friday.

Amnesty Mudgee group members are taking part in a global letter writing campaign to create positive change for people experiencing human rights abuses. 

Volunteers began the campaign at the Mudgee Library on Friday and Saturday, inviting members of the public to join them by writing in support of three cases for whom Amnesty is working. 

These are Ilham Tohti, a university professor in China, jailed for life for fighting discrimination; Annie Alfred, a child from Malawi, hunted for her body parts and  Eren Keskin, lawyer and former newspaper editor in Turkey, prosecuted over 100 times for speaking out. 

The “Write for Rights” campaign will continue at the Mudgee Library this Friday from 3.30pm to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to noon. 

“All you need to do is come down to the library, read about each case, and sign a petition or even write your own personal message of support,” said Amnesty Mudgee group convenor Heather Drew. “We will mail them off together with thousands more across the country.” 

Last year Amnesty supporters in 182 countries completed over 3.7 million letters, emails and messages, 111,000 from Australians.  As a result, Albert Woodfox in the US was released in February 2016 – 44 years after he was first placed in solitary confinement.

“It feels good to know that you can take a small action, alongside millions of others, and together change the life of someone who is suffering.  So come and be a part of it,” Ms Drew said. 

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