Greenhead Students take part in Amnesty’s Write for Rights Campaign19 December 2019
Greenhead College’s Amnesty Enrichment group recently held a Write for Rights campaign in College to support and fight for the rights of those whose basic human rights are being attacked. Write for Rights is a global campaign taking place throughout December and is Amnesty’s biggest Human Rights Campaign.
Throughout the lunchtime, the College’s Amnesty group spent time speaking to students and encouraging them to write letters and sign petitions to put pressure on governments, institutions and decision-makers to do the right thing.
Just one example of people in which our students are supporting are Sarah and Seán, who are facing a lengthy prison sentence for helping save refugees from drowning in the waters around Lesvos. Their humanitarian work saved lives, but like many others across Europe, they are being criminalised for helping refugees. The pair risk facing up to 25 years in prison on ‘people smuggling’ charges. They already spent more than 100 days in prison before being released on bail in December 2018.
The event provided our students with an insight into the injustices happening all around the world. Students showed huge amounts of compassion and desire to help those in need by signing various petitions on the Amnesty website.
If you would like to get involved with the campaign please visit https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/write-for-rights/.