Every year, around Human Rights Day in December, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide send a message to someone they’ve never met. It’s a classic Amnesty technique: 52 years of human rights work show that words really do have the power to change lives.
Last year, activists in at least 77 countries took a record-breaking 1.9 million actions for people at risk of human rights abuses. This December, we’ll do it all again. In this special issue of WIRE, read the powerful stories of the people and communities featured in Write for Rights 2013. Find out how this huge global event works, and how you can join in. And spend a few minutes taking action for somebody else. Together, we’ll be lighting up the world.