Write for Rights

Your words can change lives.

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Write like someone’s life depends on it

Sometimes a letter can change someone’s life. That’s the premise of Write for Rights, Amnesty’s global letter-writing campaign. Today, it’s one of the world’s biggest human rights events.

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. They are people like you, continuing a long tradition of writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.

And it’s not just letters – it could be petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook posts, photos, postcards. Your words really can change lives. Join us.



Your words make a difference

Why do we need to take action?

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 thatthose who abuse and torture will be brought to justice. And those unjustly imprisoned will taste freedom onceagain. 

Who do we write to?

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.

Does it work?

Yes! 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.

Write a letter, change a life


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Activists in more than 200 countries and territories write millions of letters, emails, tweets and petitions…

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…for people who’ve been tortured, denied refuge, locked up for speaking out…

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…and put pressure on governments, leaders and decision-makers…

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…to make change happen – releasing activists, convicting torturers and changing abusive laws.


Writing a few words of support to the women, men and children we are working for this year will help them know they are not alone.

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Now, write a letter

Petitions are great, but we also know that sending real letters can grab even more attention. Imagine a prison suddenly receiving sacks of postcards, drawings and other letters. They make that person's situation hard to ignore - and can help make them safer. If you want to lend your pen to this kind of direct action, download our sample letters here. 

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Ai Weiwei and Write for Rights

In a first for Amnesty’s Write for Rights campaign, we’ve joined forces with acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei to bring you the unique set of portraits used above.

In 2015, Ai Weiwei was joint recipient of Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience Award. As an activist artist who has faced the consequences of speaking up for justice through his artwork, he has a great deal in common with the people whose rights we are writing for this 2016.

Your words will change lives

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