Writing for rights works

"I wish I had the time and ability to thank each and every one of you for giving me a little bit of joy with each letter and card." Chelsea Manning, USA

We run Write for Rights every year because it works.

In 2016, 152,000 people across the UK took part in Write for Rights - and it makes a difference. Here's how:

1. Mohammad Abu Sakha

The Palestinian circus performer and teacher was released on 30 August, after almost two years in administrative detention in Israel

"I love you all. I feel a part of you given how much you stood by me in your actions…I want to thank everyone individually…No words can express it enough." Mohammad Abu Sakha, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

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2. Máxima Acuña

Criminal charges against the human rights defender, who is defying one of the world’s biggest gold companies, were dropped in May. More than 150,000 people sent her solidarity messages.

"I am infinitely grateful that I am not alone. I have the support of so many people from all around the world, from many different countries. Thank you for everything." Máxima Acuña, Peru

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3. Chelsea Manning

The whistle-blower walked free in May after her 35-year prison sentence was cut short by outgoing US president Barack Obama. Over 250,000 people wrote asking for her release.

"I wish I had the time and ability to thank each and every one of you for giving me a little bit of joy with each letter and card."
Chelsea Manning, USA

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4. Mexican torture victim freed

Jailed on the basis of a ‘confession’ extracted after 15 hours of torture, Yecenia was released in June 2016.

"It’s exciting to think that there are people who still care about the rights of other people."
Yecenia Armenta, Mexico

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5. Albert Woodfox

After 44 years in solitary confinement, Albert was finally freed on 19 February 2016, his 69th birthday.

"I’d like to thank our friends at Amnesty International for their remarkable support these last years."
Albert Woodfox, USA

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