Each year, in the days surrounding Human Rights Day -- December 10 -- Amnesty International holds a global write-a-thon, in which activists send "a tidal wave of letters and postcards on behalf of courageous individuals around the world who are being imprisoned or persecuted for their beliefs."
The 2009 write-a-thon begins today, December 5, and continues through December 13.
This year, letters will go out on behalf of:
• Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Laureate from Burma who has been imprisoned for 14 of the last 20 years;
• Mohammed Mohammed Hassan Odaini, a Guantanamo Bay detainee who remains jailed despite being cleared for release over 2 years ago;
• Rita Mahato, a health worker from Nepal who has received death threats for seeking to protect women from violence;
>> Pledge to participate in this year's write-a-thon.
>> Download case sheets and sample letters for all 10 cases for this year's write-a-thon.
>> Read success stories from previous write-a-thons. Our letters really do make a difference.