WHAT IS WRITE FOR RIGHTS?

The Basics


How do I join Write for Rights?

Sign up HERE! 

You can participate on your own, join an event in your community -- or you can host your own event! We're here to help. If you have any questions, please contact the Write for Rights team at writeathon@amnesty.ca 1-800-AMNESTY (1-800-266-3789)!

What is the main goal of Write for Rights?

The purpose of the Write for Rights is to mobilize millions of people around the world on International Human Rights Day, December 10. The main goal is to use the power of letter-writing to influence world leaders to protect individuals or communities whose human rights have been denied.

Who can participate?

Everyone! You don't need to have previous experience with human rights or Amnesty International to participate. Amnesty welcomes all those who are keen to keep shining the light on human rights. Whether you plan to participate as a letter-writer, event organizer, event attendee or donor, you'll be making a difference. 

Does letter-writing work?

Yes, it does! Visit our Success Stories page for just a few examples. We've found that your letter-writing efforts have led to positive results in approximately one-third of the cases. But we’ve also learned that it takes persistence: some countries can be more responsive than others; and some high profile prisoners of conscience face repeat arrests.

Who am I writing letters for?

Every year, Amnesty identifies people and communities at risk of human rights abuses worldwide who urgently seek solidarity and justice. This year we've picked 10 cases where Canada-wide and global activism can make a huge difference, right now.

Letters are written for the individuals and communities whose human rights are being abused. These letters are typically addressed to the state authorities who have power in ending the human rights abuses at hand.  

All the information that you need concerning case background, content, letter-writing, and address are available in the Resources page. To access your Write for Rights profile, follow the unique profile link that was sent to you in your Registration confirmation email.

You can choose to write a letter on any, some, or even all of the Write for Rights cases.

Where do I find advice on writing my letters?

Check out our Letter Writing Tips page! You can also use the suggestions provided for each case.

Do I have to write on December 10th?

Most people are planning to write on December 10th to mark Human Rights Day. However, some events may take place around December 10th.

How many letters am I expected to write?

We invite you to set your own letter-writing goal: one, five, ten or more letters. Each letter makes a difference, especially when we remember that thousands of people are also sending appeal letters, emails and tweets. No matter what you have time for, be sure to report your numbers on December 10th so you can be added to the global total!

Can I keep writing letters for Amnesty after Write for Rights?

Absolutely! Thousands of Canadians are members of our Urgent Action Network. This dynamic network allows members to receive an appeal from Amnesty as frequently as they choose and on the type of human rights issues that interest them. For example, you could join the Urgent Action Network and ask to receive one appeal per month on women or the death penalty. You can also participate in online petitions through our Individuals at Risk program. You can learn more about it here.

Organizing Events


How can I participate?

Sign up now!

There are many ways you can participate. You can:

- Write on your own! You can register online as an individual letter-writer.
- Join a letter-writing event organized by someone else. To find a public event in your area, check out the front page of the Writeathon.ca website to find a map of events currently organized in Canada
- Organize you own letter-writing event and invite friends, family, or colleagues to participate. Sign up to host your own Write for Rights event here!
- Raise money for Amnesty International by seeking sponsors for your letter writing (you can do this whether you're writing alone, or as part of an event).
- Or sponsor someone else who is writing letters!

Where can I organize an event?

You can organize an event at home, at school, in your community, on your own, online with friends...be creative! We’re always excited to hear about new and exciting events.

What kinds of resources are available to publicize an event?

Everything you need to publicize and organize your event can be downloaded from the Resources page. You can also order additional materials to be delivered to you by Dec 1st, including posters and flyers, postcard appeal cases.

If I don’t register, can I still participate?

Of course! Many groups will be hosting public Write for Rights events. You can stop in, take a few minutes to write your letter and meet other Amnesty supporters. Every little bit helps. Registration is available online up until December 10th, while some events might happen around that date.

What language should the letters be written in?

Amnesty International’s official languages are English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We encourage letter writers to write in their first language. However, you can also write your letters in the language of your choice from the suggested letter writing cases.

Can I order more materials?

Yes! To order additional materials for your event – posters, pens, buttons, postcards – please visit our online shop (*please note: if orders go beyond a certain weight, shipping costs may be added). If you order materials after December 1st, please make arrangement for covering the cost of special mail. 

Registration


Do I have to register my event online?

It is preferable to register online. Your event will automatically be entered on our event list website. It’s a great tool to help you organize and allows you to be linked with the rest of Canada on December 10th.

Registering for the write-a-thon is your pledge to participate in the event. It also gives us an indication of how many people are planning on participating and how many letters were written during the Write for Rights campaign.

Click here to sign up for Write for Rights

Where do I send any money that I raise?

Please send donations to:

Amnesty International 

Attention: Write-a-thon 

312 Laurier East Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1H9

Note: Please ensure that your name and address is clearly indicated and that all cheques are made out to Amnesty International.

Please ensure that all money is received by Amnesty no later than December 31, 2016.

Do I have to get sponsorships?

No, you don’t, but if you have the opportunity to do so, raising support for Amnesty’s crucial work is a great way to continue shining the light on human rights. One of the hidden advantages of you seeking sponsors is that it helps spread the event by word of mouth. It allows everyone to get involved on so many different levels. Sponsorship encourages you to tell all of your friends, family, community members and colleagues about the Write-a-thon. 

For those who might not have time to participate but would want to support what you’re doing, this provides an excellent way to do so. Remember that we are funded by our members and donors, and no funds are sought or accepted from governments. Any money raised through the write-a-thon helps us do our human rights work.

 

Reporting 


How do I report the number of letters and cards that I've written?

You can report the number of letters and cards that you've written by visiting your personal event link. This link is found in the confirmation email sent to you after registering your event online. 

Once you are at your personal event page, click the 'Feedback' tab:

There, you can report your letter count and add it to the global total!

If you’re still unsure or have any more questions, please email Writeathon@amnesty.ca! We are here to support you in your activism.