In country after country, people’s freedom – to speak out against injustice, to live on their ancestral lands, to not be discriminated against – is under threat. Our letters, words and actions will put pressure on authorities to take immediate action, so that those who abuse and torture will be brought to justice. And those unjustly imprisoned will taste freedom once again.
Every year, we ask supporters to write two letters. One is to the person in authority – it could be a king, president or head of police – who can help make change happen. And the other letter is to the person (or group of people) we are fighting for, so they know we will never forget them.
Every year, real change happens because of your letters and actions. People wrongfully imprisoned are released. Torturers are brought to justice. And people in prison are treated more humanely. The 4 cases below happened all because of people like you have taken actions.
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- MUHAMMAD BEKZHANOV, UZBEKISTAN
Journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov was released in February 2017 after spending 17 years in prison. One of the world’s longest-held journalists, he was supported by thousands around the world as part of Write for Rights 2015 and our Stop Torture campaign.
- Chelsea Manning
US whistleblower Chelsea Manning walked free in May 2017, after her 35-year prison sentence was cut short by outgoing President Barack Obama. In 2015 more than a quarter of a million people wrote for her release. She said: “I wish I had the time and ability to thank each one of you for giving me a little bit of joy with each letter and card.”
- Phyoe Phyoe Aung
Amnesty supporters across the world wrote more than 394,000 letters, emails, tweets and more for Phyoe Phyoe Aung during Write for Rights 2015. Phyoe Phyoe, who was detained in Myanmar after helping to organize largely peaceful student protests, was released on 8 April 2016, along with hundreds of other student protesters. While still in jail, Phyoe Phyoe told us: “I thank everyone very much for their support for me and our movement.Receiving letters gives me real inspiration for what we’re doing. I have begun to notice that the world is watching and cheering us – we are not alone.”
- JEANETTE SOLSTAD REMØ
June 2016 marked the end of Jeanette Solstad Remø’s fight to have her right to be recognised as a woman, without compromising her dignity and human rights. Norway passed a new law giving transgender people access to legal gender recognition through a quick, accessible and transparent procedure. Through Write for Rights 2014, thousands of people supported Jeanette’s campaign, leading to a historic legal change that has done away with Norway’s shameful legacy of invasive procedures that violate human rights.