AI to announce 'world’s biggest' human rights campaign

Published On: November 29, 2018 06:17 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: Amnesty International Nepal has announced a campaign for the six women human rights defenders (WHRDs) this year.

According to a press release issued by the AI, the WHRDs include Marielle Franco (Brazil), Pavitri Majhi (India), Atena Daemi (Iran), Gulzar Duishenova (Kyrgyzstan), Nonhle Mbuthuma (South Africa) and Vitalina Koval (Ukraine). Besides campaigning for these WHRDs, Amnesty Nepal will also mobilize its activists and supporters to write to Nepal's Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa urging him to take effective steps to end the growing incidents of violence against women, including rape and murder, and the regressive mindset, attitude and behavior in Nepali societies engendering gender inequality for long.

Thousands of letters and signatures  - calling for justice to the victims of violence, an end to the burgeoning culture of impunity, addressing of all the barriers to access to justice and annulment of the statutory limitation in registering complaints on cases of rape - will be collected and submitted to Home Minister Thapa.

Every year, supporters across the globe write millions of letters for those whose human rights are being attacked. As well as sending messages of solidarity, Amnesty International supporters can write letters to people in power, calling on them to protect women human rights defenders.

Amnesty International’s first Write for Rights campaign took place 16 years ago. Since then, millions of actions have been taken by activists around the world. Every year, these actions lead to real change. People wrongfully imprisoned are released, torturers are brought to justice, and people in prison are treated more humanely.

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