Write for Rights

11. 12. 2013 from 11:00 to 19:00

Attendant programme for the Where Is My Home? exhibition.


The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art is participating in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights event.


The goal of this event is to draw attention to the violation of the rights of people who have been unjustly imprisoned, persecuted or oppressed. During one day at DOX, you will have the opportunity to write a letter to a government or relevant authority and thus change the fate of these people or ensure their basic rights are upheld. Your letters can support concrete residents of Nigeria and Cambodia, whose situations are also closely related to the subject of the current Where Is My Home? exhibition, which deals with the subject of home or the right to a home.


The entire event will take place in the DOX café, where a sample letter, letter paper, envelopes and 21 CZK postage stamps will be at your disposal. We can also post your letter.

You can write in support of the following two cases:


Inhabitants of the Badia East area in Nigeria

 

Badia East is a slum in state of Lagos in southeast Nigeria. It has over 100,000 inhabitants. On 23 February 2013, hundreds of them were left without a roof over their heads after authorities ordered the demolition of 266 homes, without giving their inhabitants prior notice or discussing the matter with them. After being forced out, hundreds of people thus had no place to go, as they did not receive any replacement dwellings or compensation for the loss of their property. Amnesty International considers the forced eviction of the residents of Badia East to be a gross violation of their basic rights.


We are requesting:


The residents of Badia East be provided replacement dwellings or compensation for the loss of their property.


That the right to housing be entrenched in Nigerian law.


Yorm Bopha in Cambodia


In December 2012, Yorm Bopha was unjustly sentenced to three years in prison for "intentional violence with aggravating circumstances". Amnesty International considers Yorm Bopha to be a prisoner of conscience, who is being detained by authorities solely due to her peaceful activism in defending the right to housing and freedom of expression for the community living by Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.


We request:


Yorm Bopha’s immediate and unconditional release.


The Write for Rights is an international event held by Amnesty International in support of unjustly imprisoned, persecuted or oppressed people. It takes place every year in December on the occasion of International Human Rights day (10 December), this year from 6 to 16 December, and you can support a total of 13 cases.


Last year almost 2 million letters were sent to 77 countries! How many will it be this year?


The goal is:


to send as many letters to governments or authorities of the relevant countries and thus to draw attention to violations of the rights of concrete people and groups


to send letters of solidarity to people/groups that have been unjustly imprisoned or persecuted

 

Amnesty International is a global movement of people from around the world who are not indifferent to human rights violations. Amnesty believes that any such violations affect us all. For this reason it conducts campaigns, puts on public events, stands up for victims of injustice, and strives for systematic changes at the state and international level. Amnesty International’s work is always based on reliable research, the results of which are available to the public.

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