Fighting for human rights

Dear Ela,

Fighting for human rights can be tough. Sometimes, the bad news seems never-ending.

You’ve no doubt seen recent reports about the tragic civilian deaths in Syria and Egypt. Like me, you may also be feeling bleak about the Australian Government’s political point-scoring at the expense of asylum seekers.

At times like this, it’s important to remember that our actions can and DO make a difference. That’s why I wanted to share some good news.

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After an outpouring of support from Amnesty supporters, a 15-year-old girl in the Maldives sentenced to 100 lashes for ‘fornication’ has had her punishment overturned.

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Nigeria has become the first African nation to ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty. This is a welcome move and we hope it will encourage more countries to follow suit.

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An Omani activist held in solitary confinement has been released without charge after Amnesty supporters wrote letters to the authorities calling for his safety and freedom.

Human rights victories like these don’t always make the headlines. But I can assure you they’re happening every day, all over the world, because of people like you.

My heartfelt thanks for all that you do.

Claire Mallinson
National Director
Amnesty International Australia

PS. Feeling inspired? Check out our latest online actions and be part of the human rights victories of the future!

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13 thoughts on “Fighting for human rights

  1. Indeed, human right is always the problem in every country!

  2. Thank you for the GOOD news.

  3. What a great payoff for all of your hard work. You rock!! This post made me happy! 🙂

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