Thurles Hosts Human Rights Event

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Thurles hosts world’s biggest human rights event

Thurles hosts world’s biggest human rights event

What: Amnesty International’s global letter writing marathon comes to Tipperary

Where: Thurles Shopping Centre, Co Tipperary

When: Saturday 7 December 2013

Amnesty International’s global Letter Writing Marathon is the world’s single biggest human rights event.

Every December members of Amnesty International around the world coordinate their efforts for 12 individual cases – prisoners of conscience or human rights activists under threat.

Last year, more than 1.9 million letters, emails and faxes were sent from 77 countries around the world. In previous years letter-writers have freed prisoners, stopped torture and won justice for the victims of human rights abuses.

Amnesty International Thurles will be playing its part in the global campaign on 7 December with a Letter Writing Marathon stall outside Thurles Shopping Centre.

Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, said: “A letter written in Thurles can give hope to a prisoner half way round the world, or help put pressure on a government to stop abusing its citizens.

“Two minutes of your time can make a real difference when your efforts join those of hundreds of thousands of people across the world.”