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Students facing jail for protest, teenage girls forced to marry old men, a woman arrested for giving birth to a still-born baby are some of the 12 cases taken up by Amnesty International for this year’s Write For Rights campaign which took place at Cardiff’s Chapter on 23 November.

The Write For Rights Campaign is run by Amnesty International every year around the International Human Rights Day on December 10. It is a two-month long event which takes place all over UK from 1 November 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Write for Rights 2015

Write for Rights 2015

“The difference between this and a usual campaign is that here you write to the prisoners or the shelter homes telling them ‘we are thinking of you’ and showing your support to them,” explained Megan Mandizha, a member of Amnesty International.

Some of the 12 cases for this year were: Phyoe Phyoe Aung and all detained students of Myanmar, Burkina Faso Girls, Zunar from Malaysia, Yecenua Armenta from Mexico and Costas from Greece.

People writing on the greeting cards at the event

People writing on the greeting cards at the event

People gathered at the venue to write on a variety of greeting cards, each with a special message of their own. “The most wonderful part is that once in a while people have got a reply,” said Ms. Mandizha.

For further information about the event, you can check: www.amnesty.org.uk/write