Carol singers lend their voices to rights appeal
JAZZ singer Mary Coughlan had no trouble singing the blues yesterday as she attempted to bring a bit of festive cheer to passers-by outside Dublin's GPO to highlight International Human Rights Day.
"Human rights means very many different things to me," she said. "In Ireland I think more than ever people are being denied their basic human rights every day.
"I think people are just disenfranchised really," she said, as she led the carol singers as part of Amnesty's December campaign to highlight the plight of 'prisoners of conscience' worldwide. As part of the campaign, Amnesty has selected 10 cases of people imprisoned or at serious risk due their human rights work.
"We are asking people to send them greetings cards, non-religious and non-political, but to remind them that the world is actually thinking of them," said Amnesty programmes director Noeleen Hartigan.
"Of the 10 people we profiled last year two have been released as a direct result of the amount of intervention that happened," she said.