Today we mark International Human Rights Day by launching a new digital platform, supported by Google, for this year’s Write for Rights campaign, Amnesty International’s global letter writing marathon.
The new platform will focus on three cases of injustice and brutality:
Dr Tun Aung, a Muslim community leader jailed for 17 years after an unfair trial following inter-communal riots in Myanmar, despite evidence that he had sought to calm the violence.
Hundreds of families from the Badia East community in Lagos, Nigeria, who are living in makeshift shelters after their houses were illegally demolished by state authorities earlier this year.
Hakan Yaman, who is seeking justice after being brutally beaten, burned, and blinded in one eye by Turkish police in June this year while walking home from work near a public protest against police violence.
The new platform will link from YouTube videos of individuals and communities affected by human rights abuses, and is set up to be shared easily through social media. By applying the latest technology to a classic Amnesty campaign, we hope that this site will enable more people than ever to come together to take action for victims of human rights abuse around the world.