Send a letter of support to prisoners from Shoreham

The Amnesty International Group at a street stall in 2014
The Amnesty International Group at a street stall in 2014

Residents are encouraged to send a ‘message of hope’ to men and women around the world whose human rights and freedoms have been denied this Friday.

At the town shopping event, the Shoreham and Worthing Amnesty International group will be holding a ‘write for rights’ campaign event at the Shoreham Methodist Church.

Members of the public are invited to come in and write a card or letter of ‘encouragement and solidarity’, with a hot drink and mince pie provided by the Church.

Margaret Bedwell, Shoreham and Worthing Group Member, said: “Imagine drowning in thousands of letters of encouragement and solidarity – in fact, imagine the officials who will see and deliver thousands of cards to the victims and their families.

“The effect on both of them is priceless.

“Since its inception, Amnesty’s Write for Rights has been phenomenally successful.

“People who were unfairly imprisoned have been freed; human rights defenders who have been threatened and harassed by authorities have been able to live freely without intimidation, and forced evictions have been halted.”

Among those featured in this year’s campaign is British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, arrested in April this year at Tehran airport as she was about to board a return flight to London with her 22-month-old daughter Gabriella.

She has reportedly been sentenced to five years in jail on unspecified ‘national security charges’ after a short trial.

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