Write for Rights – Primary School

Your students can change lives.

You can make a difference to the lives of the many people worldwide who are under threat for standing up for what’s right; the words you write will change lives. Every year real change happens because of your letters and actions. People wrongfully imprisoned are released. Abusers are brought to justice. And people in prison are treated more humanely.

Who will you write to? 

Every year, we ask supporters to write two types of letters. One is to the person in authority – it could be a king, president or head of police – who can help make change happen.

The other letter or message is to the person (or group of people) we are fighting for in solidarity, so they know we will never forget them.

When does it happen? 

You can get involved anytime from now until the end of December 2023, with a collective global day of action and celebration on the 10th of December – World Human Rights Day.

How to Write for Rights 

  1. Read the stories in the letter-writing kit included here. There are 10 cases. You can choose to work on all 10, or pick a few cases that resonate with you.
  2. Write letters to the target for each case. There are sample letters you can use, or you can write your own.
  3. Write solidarity letters to the person we want to help.
  4. Share messages on social media and tag @AmnestyIreland.
  5. Please post any physical letters and messages to our office and let us know who is posting them. We will send to the targets.

Post letters to: Siobhán Murphy, Amnesty International Ireland, Sean MacBride House, 48 Fleet Street, D02 T883.

Included in this pack 

  • A Letter-writing kit booklet, including information on the cases, sample letters (these can be photocopied), and guidelines on using social media.

Download the booklet.

  • Human rights education resources, with classroom activities.

Download the resource.

  • A guide for participating in Write for Rights.

Download the guide.

  • A poster to display that provides a link for people to take action

Download the poster.

You are very welcome to contact us with any questions you might have: youth(at)amnesty.ie.

If you or your school can afford it, we would really appreciate a small donation towards the production of these assets.