Give the gift that reflects human kindness
(NC)—The holiday season can be exhausting for many of us, both in terms of time and finances. But on December 10, you can give a gift that reflects real human kindness and will take just 10 minutes by taking part in Write for Rights, a letter-writing event organized by human rights organization Amnesty International
Write for Rights is held on or around December 10, International Human Rights Day. Last year, participants in more than 80 countries including Canada, wrote 1.8 million messages to help prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders under threat, and vulnerable communities facing ongoing abuse of their human rights.
How does it work? Amnesty International selects cases about individual or community human rights. Participants write to governments, urging them to stop the human rights violations. They can also send messages of support to the individuals at risk.
One case this year is that of Miriam Lopez in Mexico. In February of 2011, Lopez dropped her children off at school and was suddenly grabbed by two men wearing balaclavas. For a week, soldiers raped her repeatedly. The torture stopped when she falsely implicated herself in drug offences. She is home now, but needs justice for the horrific attack. The gift of a letter does not cost much, but its impact can be priceless. If you can't find time to write, you may wish to donate money to help advance the organization's work. The rewards are many. As a participant from last year's Write for Rights said, “It's a chance to make a difference.” That's a gift we all can use.
More information is available online at writeathon.ca, on Facebook, or toll-free at 1-800-266-3789.
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