Waterloo – couldn’t escape if they wanted to

Help get prisoners of conscience home - and see your name appear on our special 'departure boards' at Waterloo station.

Text HOME and your FULL NAME to 70505

eg. HOME JOHN SMITH to 70505

Texts charged at your normal rate. You must be at least 14 years old.

The world's biggest departures board

Waterloo station in London holds the dubious accolade of being “Britain’s busiest rail station”. Who knew? And this being Mother’s Day weekend, it’s set to be even busier than normal.

Over the coming days, when the thousands of jaded and weary travellers with train picnics and wilted flowers stare up at the departure boards, they will be reminded just how lucky they are to be going home at all.

Rail passengers will be invited to 'Help Get Them Home', as a list of prisoners of conscience – people arrested for peacefully expressing their views -  appears with details of how passengers can text to help secure the prisoners’ release.

The giant screens at Waterloo station span six platforms, and for this weekend only, they're ours. Together, they will form the world’s single biggest departure board.

As people text to add their support for the campaign, their names will be displayed on the huge screens.

Our 'departure boards' will show details of seven individuals who are imprisoned and have been subject to torture, and the date of their 'departure' or when they were forcibly taken by state authorities.

Help get these prisoners home

Dhondup Wangchen - China

Tibetan film-maker was sentenced in 2009 for "inciting separatism". He has been detained since 2008 for his involvement in making a documentary film about Tibetan attitudes towards the Beijing Olympics and the Dalai Lama. He was beaten in detention and Amnesty considers him a prisoner of conscience. He is due to be released in June 2014.

Ebrima B. Manneh - Gambia

Journalist arrested in 2006 at the offices of his newspaper, the Daily Observer. He was detained by plainclothes police officers thought to have been from the National Intelligence Agency, who have subsequently denied any involvement in his arrest or continued incommunicado detention. Amnesty considers him a prisoner of conscience.

Aster Fissehatsion - Eritrea

Held incommunicado without charge or trial since 2001. She was arrested while sleeping in her bed, during a round-up of political dissidents, known as the G-15/Group of 15, which included her former husband, then Vice-President of Eritrea, Mahmoud Ahmed. Amnesty considers her a prisoner of conscience.

Yevgeny Vitishko - Russia

Russian activist who criticised the environmental impact of the recent Sochi Winter Olympics and was jailed for three years for spray-painting a fence as part of an environmental protest. Amnesty considers him a prisoner of conscience.

It’s great to have the world’s largest departure board to tell these stories - but we’re not keen on departures, we want arrivals. The message is simple: on your way home, help get them home.

Take action

Text HOME and your FULL NAME to 70505


*Texts charged at standard network rate, no more than 10p. Please ask bill-payer’s permission. You must be 14 years or older. By giving us your number you agree to future communication from us by SMS and for your full name to appear on this poster on 29th and 30th March 2014. To unsubscribe, text STOP to 70505 at any time. More info

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