Dwight International School marks Amnesty Write for Rights event

Members of the community joined students and faculty from Dwight International School in Shawnigan Lake for an Amnesty Write for Rights event earlier this month.

Teacher Sonia Furstenau's class led the way.

"This is the second year we are doing this event,'' noted Furstenau. "Last year, we wrote more than 160 letters.''

Twelve students each represented one of the Amnesty cases. There was also a short presentation on the work Amnesty does around the world.

The actual Human Right Day was marked Monday by Amnesty International members, letter writers, and human rights supporters across Canada and around the world.

"With your involvement, Human Rights violators will know that they can't get away with their actions,'' it states on the Amnesty International Canada website. "They'll know that ordinary people are watching and will hold them accountable.''

The project of writing a letter is part of the world’s biggest global movement taking action to demand justice, respect and protection for human rights and an end to human rights violations. It was hoped more letters would be written than last year, save more lives, reunite more families and gain more dignity and respect for human rights globally.

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