If you go
What: Write for Rights
When: Thursday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.
Where: Center for Community (C4C) Room N20, CU campus
More info: http://colorado.edu/studentgroups/amnesty/
The University of Colorado’s student chapter of Amnesty International will be hosting its annual Write for Rights event Thursday to spread the word about human rights violations.
“We write to the governments urging for the release of these prisoners,” said Mitch Hulse, a member of CU’s student chapter for Amnesty International. “They have been imprisoned based on human rights violations.”
So far this year the student group has written to Palestine for a girl who was attacked by Israeli soldiers; for the sake of a prisoner in Egypt who is under house arrest after being attacked by police during a protest; and to Belarus for someone who was beaten by the police for practicing homosexuality in public, Hulse said.
The Amnesty International is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that reaches out to prisoners of conscience around the globe who have been imprisoned for expressing personal beliefs. According to Hulse, Amnesty International strives to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was a treaty signed by the United Nations in 1946.
Amnesty International was established in 1961 by British lawyer Peter Benenson. Their headquarters are based in London, but they have chapters around the globe, including CU-Boulder’s student group.
Abel Estrada, member of CU’s student chapter, said that the group receives weekly messages from the headquarters of Amnesty International, informing them of cases of human rights violations.
“We focus on freedom of expression, which is one of Amnesty International’s eight different campaigns,” Estrada said.
“The majority of cases are found through researchers in London, who are interviewing politicians and journalists around the world,” Hulse said.
The organization’s different school groups across the US all write different letters to leaders around the globe, reaching for the same goal.
“One person writing a letter may not make much of a difference,” said Estrada, “but when its people all over the world writing together, it adds up.”
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