Thirty-six municipalities and universities to participate Saturday in Amnesty International’s letter-writing marathon
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    Thirty-six municipalities and universities to participate Saturday in Amnesty International’s letter-writing marathon

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    Amnesty International will host Write for Rights
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    This Saturday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day, 36 cities, municipalities and universities of Brussels and Wallonia will participate in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights. The aim of the event is to write as many letters as possible in favour of individuals whose fundamental rights are being violated all over the world, announced Thursday the NGO in a communiqué.

    The public will be invited to write letters in favour of people who suffer breaching of their rights.

    “The aim of this operation is, on the one hand, to raise awareness regarding the reality of ten ‘individuals in danger’ and, on the other, to directly contribute towards improvements in their conditions,” explained the NGO, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. “It’s an opportunity to put the spotlight on these people who, all over the world, are denied the most fundamental rights. All of the letters written in their favour will be both signs that they have not been forgotten and that thousands of eyes are vigilant,” considered Philippe Hensmans, Director of the francophone Belgian sector of Amnesty International. “All of the letters written on the occasion of the ‘Write for Rights’ campaign will be sent directly to the individuals to whom they are addressed, but also to the authorities of countries not respecting the rights of people.”

    The participating cities, municipalities and universities are: Amay, Ath, Auderghem, Bastogne, Blegny, Brussels-City, Brussels (ULB), Brussels (St. Louis), Châtelet, Charleroi, Chimay, Ecaussines, Gembloux, Huy, Ixelles, la Louvière, Liège, Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), Malonne, Manhay, Mons, Mouscron, Namur, Nivelles, Ottignies-Louvain-La Neuve, Pont-à-Celles, Rixensart, Schaerbeek, Sombreffe, Saint-Ode, Uccle, Walcourt, Wasseiges, Walhain, and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.

    Also, twenty-two of these cities and municipalities will be considered “Cities of Light” for having “officially adopted an individual in danger, or having taken concrete action for improving the integration of asylum-seekers,” declared Mr. Hensmans.

    Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)