Sunday 21 January 2018

Taking action at St Catherine's

THE children at St Catherine's National School in Rush got a lesson in taking action in defence of human rights around the world as they participated in a global letter-writing campaign for Amnesty International.

At an open day held recently at the school, the children were invited to participate in a letter writing marathon for Amnesty International.

Every year Amnesty International runs a letter writing marathon. Amnesty pick the cases of 12 people or communities around the world who badly need our help and every Amnesty International section in the world sends letters, emails, cards, faxes and petitions on their behalf.

Last year a staggering 1.9 million messages were sent from 77 different countries, including Ireland.

At the open day, St. Catherine's National School Student Council asked parents to join in and write letters in solidarity to COFADEH, one of the main human rights organisations in Honduras, facing intimidation, surveillance, threats and attacks.

In one case last year, a 20-year-old youth activist, Jabbar Savalan' was pardoned and released within days of the letters arriving in Azerbaijan.

Members of sixth class in the school were invited to Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2013 in the Mansion House on back in September, in recognition of their participation in the campaign.

Last year the children in 5th and 6th classes took part in Amnesty International's Write for Rights campaign and wrote to Malala, the girl who risked her life and defied the Talaban for the right to go to school. The Rush children wrote supporting her and wishing her well in her recovery.

Fingal Independent

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