The Nashville Chapter of Amnesty International is having a series of Write for Rights events this year to help more of its prisoners of conscience.
Amnesty International is known worldwide for its ability to help “prisoners of conscience”—people imprisoned for speaking their mind or exercising other basic rights. It does this by encouraging members to write letters which force leaders to confront the abuses perpetrated in their country. Often this will result in the prisoners’ successful release.
This year, the Nashville Chapter of Amnesty International is holding a series of events for Write for Rights, a two-week-long campaign, which is calling on activists to take action on behalf of ten activists and two communities suffering brutal human rights abuses including arbitrary detention and torture.
“Write for Rights epitomizes what Amnesty International is all about – individuals helping other individuals, wherever they might be. It is a unique and extraordinary event that brings together millions of people in a bid to secure justice for men, women and children around the world,” according to Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
The first Write for Rights event in Nashville took place at the Church of Scientology on Dec 13. Another event is scheduled for Dec 18 at the West End coffee shop, Atamology, between 6-8pm. Organizers are giving a free cup of coffee to anyone who attends the next Write for Rights event.
For more information on Amnesty International or to become involved, visit facebook.com/nashvilleamnestyinternational.