Every year people around the world Write for Rights around International Human Rights day. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion and other basic human rights, and end other human rights abuses.
The more participants in Write for Rights, the more letters we generate, increasing our influence on government officials. We need YOU to join us this year ! #writeforrights
All letter writing supplies, stamps, and help are provided. If you want to - bring something for the hors d-oeuvre potluck - or just come!
We will write to governments, activists, prisoners, and family members to advocate for: Xulhan - an LGBTI activist in Bangladesh who was murdered; Indigenous land protectors opposing the Site C dam in Canada; Mahadine - an activist jailed in Chad for a Facebook post; Ni Yulan - a housing activist harassed in China; Hanan - arrested in Egypt for searching for her missing husband; Sakris - a transgendered activist in Finland; Indigenous land protectors in Honduras; Farid and Issa - protesting war crimes in Occupied Palestinian Territories; Shackelia in Jamaica - protesting police killings Clovis in Madagascar - jailed for protecting rain forest The Istanbul 10 - human rights activists in Turkey
Every year around International Human Rights Day, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a letter on behalf of someone they've never met. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called "prisoners of conscience" by Amnesty), stop the use of torture, commute death sentences and end other human rights abuses.
Letter writing has always been at the heart of Amnesty International's human rights campaigning and 54 years of human rights activism shows us that words really do have the power to change lives. But volume matters: the more participants in Write for Rights, the more letters and e-mail messages we generate, increasing our influence on government officials
We need YOU to join us this year !
📝Stop by The Hive and write a letter, or a few. Every letter counts.
📢Local rights defenders will share stories of courage and survival.
🍕Pizza and snacks will be served.
📍The Hive is located at the Ellice Avenue entrance of University of Winnipeg
A panel discussion on protecting ethnic minorities in Myanmar and other forgotten places. Guest speakers include former refugees who will share stories of strength and survival.
Guest Speakers: Mohammed Tayab, Member of the Rohingya community in Winnipeg Kay Seng, Former refugee from Burma and “Grandmother” of the Karen community in Winnipeg Humaira Jaleel, Co-Chair, Amnesty International Group 19 Dr. Shauna Labman, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba JUST ADDED: Sandy Deng, General Secretary, Manitoba Women for Women of South Sudan
This is a free event and everyone is welcome!
Sponsored by: Amnesty International & IRCOM #RohingyaCrisis
Sharing personal stories, addressing misconceptions and identifying areas for action.
Co-sponsored by IRCOM (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Manitoba) and Amnesty International Winnipeg. Takes place at IRCOM House Isabel
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Guest speakers will include:
A refugee claimant who recently crossed the border from the United Sates. As hrer refugee hearing will be taking place within the next few weeks, Amnesty International has chosen not to post her identity in advertising for this event.
Maysoun Darweesh, originally from Syria, has a Bachelor of Journalism and worked as a journalist in Syria. She fled to Macau (China) as a refugee and joined her husband who had fled one year earlier.. They were both persecuted by the Syrian government for their work in human rights activism. In Macao, Maysoun taught English as an Additional Language to kindergarten and elementary students at Santa Fatima School and volunteered with Mission of Charity and Cradle of Hope for orphans. She came to Canada in 2012 because her family did not feel safe in China. Currently, she works as a Volunteer Matching Specialist with Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (Welcome Place). She is a volunteer with MCC, a member of the Asian Heritage Society and a board member at CHAI (Christian Help all Immigrants). She is married and has two daughters.
Bashir Khan practices immigration and refugee law in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has represented his clients before all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada as well as before the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. He is a member of the Law Society of Manitoba. In October 2016, he was awarded a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in Toronto.
Take action against human rights abuses around the world. Come join the monthly meeting to write letters about human rights. We provide the letters and materials. Tuesday, November 1, 7-9 pm, 27 Dundurn Place.