We would like you to send a personal message to one or more of the individuals and communities that feature in this year’s Write for Rights campaign. Each one makes it harder for a president or police chief to ignore our appeals. We’ve helped thousands of prisoners of conscience claim their freedom Send them a message and let them know they haven’t been forgotten.
The Sri Lankan government has for years created an image of human rights progress in a country where instead torture, crushing dissent, and impunity remain an everyday reality. As Sri Lanka gears up to host a meeting of Commonwealth leaders from 15 -17 November, it’s time for the government to come clean about torture, unlawful detention and the countless other abuses that continue to plague the island unchecked – and stop them.
People in Kenya’s slums are being kicked out of their homes with no warning and live in constant fear of it happening. “We are like rubbish in this country” – act now to end forced evictions in Kenya Forced evictions don’t just leave people homeless. They devastate livelihoods, break up families and drive people deeper into poverty – as has happened to the former residents of City Carton.
"Putin is scared of us, can you imagine?". But 'scared' cannot justify imprisonment. Pussy Riot members are on trial today charged with “hooliganism”, for performing an anti-Putin song in a cathedral. They've not been allowed to see friends, family or children, and face up to 7 years in prison. Keep up-to-date with the Amnesty campaign at http://amn.st/Nxyfqb #freepussyriot #pussyriot
In October 2012, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years in prison, and sent to labour colonies. Ekaterina Samutsevich was given a suspended sentence and released from prison. As the court prepares to consider Maria Alekhina’s appeal, please ask that she and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are released immediately.