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  1. 1. 2021 The Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate ten years of participating in the global write-a-thon for human rights
  2. 2. What is Amnesty International? • After reading about a couple of students in Portugal who had been imprisoned for seven years after raising their glasses in a toast to freedom; British lawyer, Peter Benenson, launched an Appeal for Amnesty with the publication of the article, “The Forgotten Prisoners,” in The Observer newspaper, on May 28, 1961. This was the birth of Amnesty International. • In 1977, all the members of Amnesty International were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for ‘securing the ground for freedom, for justice, and thereby also for peace in the world.’
  3. 3. What has Amnesty International done? • Amnesty International continues to free prisoners of conscience, but also in… • 1980: Amnesty began its campaign to end the death penalty. In 1961, when Amnesty began, only 9 countries had abolished the death penalty. Today, 106 countries have abolished it. • 1993: Amnesty campaigned for an International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to justice those responsible for genocide and war crimes. The ICC was established in 2002. • 2006: Nelson Mandela became Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience. • 2014: Amnesty was successful in bringing an international Arms Trade Treaty into force, which aims to stop the flow of weapons around the world.
  4. 4. What is International Human Rights Day? • Following WW II, there was a need to ensure human rights were universally respected. Eleanor Roosevelt along with representatives from the 50 member states of the United Nations developed a list of 30 rights and freedoms that belong to all of us. • These 30 articles became The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was adopted by United Nations General Assembly on December 10. • This day is celebrated every year as International Human Rights Day, and is the day that Amnesty International holds its global write- a-thon: Write for Rights!
  5. 5. 2020 Write for Rights Success Story! • South Sudan teenager Magai Matiop Ngong had his death sentence quashed and was removed from death row on July 29. • People around the world wrote an incredible 765,000 messages of support. • Magai’s case generated debate on the use of the death penalty against children in South Sudan – a rare and hugely positive development.
  6. 6. How Write for Rights Works
  7. 7. 2012 in London, Ontario
  8. 8. 2013 in London, Ontario
  9. 9. 2014 in London, Ontario
  10. 10. 2015 in London, Ontario
  11. 11. 2016 in London, Ontario
  12. 12. 2017 in London, Ontario
  13. 13. 2018 in London, Ontario
  14. 14. 2019 in London, Ontario
  15. 15. 2020 in London, Ontario and remotely
  16. 16. 2021 in London, Ontario and remotely
  17. 17. 2021 in Peterborough, Ontario
  18. 18. Photo credits • United Nations • Amnesty International • The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada

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