Write for Rights event to be held this Sunday

Amnesty International’s event Write for Rights offers an unique opportunity to make a difference in protecting human rights.

Amnesty International’s event Write for Rights offers an unique opportunity to make a difference in protecting human rights.

A local group in Lacombe will be hosting their own version of the event on Sunday.

Co-organizer Therese Thompson said the activism event is an afternoon where a few people gather together to hand write letters to individuals who were unjustly imprisoned across the globe.

“We find that handwritten letters, personal letters, are most effective,” she said. “Sometimes it’s (a letter) the only thing that’s positive that they receive.”

Write for Rights is an annual campaign where thousands of Amnesty International members and supporters around the globe will send letters, emails and social media messages calling for the release of those who are jailed for their political views, peaceful dissent, in support of victims of torture or to shine a light on other human rights issues.

The local group held a Write for Rights event last year and they hope to get a few more people in attendance for this year’s edition.

Thompson said all the information from Amnesty International regarding who and where to send letters, to political leaders or sometimes directly to the imprisoned individual, will be supplied to attendees.

“It just feels good to be doing something,” said Thompson. “It’s a small thing we can do to make a difference.”

The group also writes letters to family members of imprisoned individuals, to offer support.

Write for Rights will be held on Dec. 13th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church (5226-51st Ave.) Attendees are encouraged to bring paper and a pen. Coffee will be provided.

Those who are unable to attend the event can participate online at www.writeathon.ca.

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