Parliamentarians send message of solidarity for human rights this Christmas

Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP joined members of the county’s Amnesty International group at the John Gray Centre in Haddington recently to write Christmas cards supporting prisoners of conscience and others suffering human rights abuses around the globe.

The Amnesty group encourages people to send the messages of support and solidarity as part of the annual Write for Rights campaign in order to inspire, motivate and encourage others. The cards also send a warning signal to the authorities that their actions are being observed and scrutinised by others and can even help to secure freedom for some of the individuals facing persecution.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“I was pleased to lend my support to the local Amnesty group’s Write for Rights campaign again this year. The simple act of writing a card or letter can give hope to those suffering unfairly in prison or enduring other human rights abuses, and can sometimes even help lead to their release. I hope that others will take a moment during this busy time to send a card to someone and show that others are thinking of them this Christmas.”

Fiona O’Donnell MP said:

“By sending a message of support to someone who has been wrongly imprisoned, is at risk of harassment and intimidation or whose rights have been violated in other ways, we can show them they are not alone and that others care about their plight. It was clear that local people were pleased to have this opportunity, as we saw so many take the time to send cards, and I urge others to consider sending their own solidarity card.”

Write for Rights successfully connects men and women, young and old with people elsewhere who have been wrongly imprisoned, at risk of harassment and intimidation or whose rights have been violated in other ways. It is also an effective way to encourage family members to maintain their pursuit for justice on behalf of their loved ones, and it offers a chance to urge the authorities to uphold and respect basic human rights.

Find out more about Write for Rights and how you can show solidarity for people in other parts of the world at