Every December 10th we celebrate Human Rights Day in honour of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was adopted by the United Nations on December 10th, 1948 and outlines thirty rights guaranteed to every human being on the planet.
Annually on this day, Amnesty International members and the general public engage in a worldwide letter-writing campaign known as “Write for Rights“. Last year 1.8 million letters were written. It is anticipated that over 2 million actions will be taken this year. This is the largest human rights event in the world. The Regina Community Amnesty Group will be hosting a Write for Rights event today from 5pm – 9pm at the Artful Dodger.
By the end of this week I will have written 400 letters since joining Amnesty International eleven years ago. I have created a map exhibiting the distribution of my letters. (Yes, I am a nerd when it comes to this). Canada’s total is the highest as I often wrote to foreign embassies based in Ottawa, a practice I no longer engage in. Below I have compiled data on the letters I have sent.
21 actions taken by governments to improve the rights of citizens!
51 prisoners of conscience released!
Using this data, every fourth or fifth letter written receives attention and an appropriate action. However, this efficiency climbs when letters are written asking for the release of prisoners of conscience. Out of 80 letters I wrote asking for the people’s freedom 64% were successful!