By Christopher Zoukis It’s hard not to read the first paragraph of this article and not think it’s the script for a lost episode of Monty Python: “A total of 5,843 inmates in Saudi prisons, including a number sentenced toRead More
Another year has passed and another successful Write for Rights campaign has been fulfilled by our friends at Amnesty International. And quite a campaign it has proven to be.
Write for Rights, a project organized by Amnesty International, is an annual campaign based on the concept that when massive amounts of attention are focused on real-word problems that real-world solutions will be realized. In effect, Write for Rights is a worldwide letter writing campaign focused on demanding the release of — and improved conditions of confinement for — political prisoners and other prisoners of conscience.
The success of Write for Rights is simple, even if its orchestration is anything but that. Prison administrators and politicians can ignore a single letter, email, text message, or phone call. These can be easily swept under the rug and hid from the light of day. But can they ignore 10, 50, 100 letters, or how about two million? Obviously, as the number grows larger, the harder it becomes to ignore the demands and public scrutiny. And in 2013, 1.9 million communications were made to prison officials worldwide as part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights 2012.
Write for Rights 2013 was even more successful, with 2.3 million communications sent from hundreds of thousands of project supporters worldwide. In fact, the campaign