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Local people drop into St. James Church Muswell Hill to send a message of support to victims of human rights abuses.

Hornsey & Wood Green Group - together with Enfield & Barnet Group - once again held a successful Write for Rights afternoon at St. James Church Muswell Hill on Friday, 7th December.

More than 30 people dropped in to sign greetings cards to the victims of human rights abuses identified by Amnesty International in this annual campaign and letters to relevant authorities on their behalf.  Some 98 greetings cards were sent to the 11 women from around the world who have put their lives in danger (and in one case, lost her life) to protect human rights in their respective countries.  In addition, 35 action cards and 50 letters were signed during the afternoon which have been sent to authorities in those countries on behalf of these human rights defenders.

Participants were very generous with donations for stamps, and enough money was raised to pay for all the greetings cards and action cards to be posted.  Hornsey & Wood Green Group has covered the cost of posting all the letters to authorities.

The event is part of Amnesty International’s unique global letter-writing campaign  that runs from 1st November to 31st December each year.  Those whose cases have been highlighted in previous years tell Amnesty that receiving greetings cards have had a huge impact, letting them know that they are not alone and that others support their struggle.  It also lets authorities know that the world is watching them.

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