BY PHILIP ANTOH | Philip.firstname.lastname@example.org
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, Ghana has launched the 2018 ‘Write for Rights’ campaign in Accra aimed at fighting for the rights of individuals who speak the truth.
The campaign, according to the Country Director, Robert Akoto Amoafo, is a support Amnesty International gives to people whose lives are threatened for fighting for human rights.
Mr Amoafo said globally there are a lot of human rights activists whose lives are being threatened, endangered and others imprisoned, but the organisation was focusing the 2018 campaign on 10 women whose rights have been violated.
“There are several (sic) of them but this year we are doing 10 cases and we are hoping that their governments will listen and give them justice that they seek,” he stated.
According to him, the campaign will be repeated across the country at various second cycle institutions and other places to raise awareness and gather more signatures.
He said the choice of women victims this year was the organisation’s own way of reiterating the fact that they support and back women who speak up for justice.
“We chose 10 women this year because Amnesty International supports women who speak against injustice and stand for the right of all people,” he noted.
According to him, Amnesty International wants to gather 22,500 letters in Ghana in support of people who have been imprisoned or live in danger for speaking the truth.
Every December, Amnesty International supporters across the globe write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked.
The campaign ends on December 10, Human Rights Day, when all the letters are collected and readied for mailing to the governments of countries where prisoners of justice are being held hostage.
Addressing students of Accra High School, where the launch took place, the head teacher of the school, Mr Emmanuel Kobina Baidoo, said rights always go with responsibility and as students, “we need to utilise the rights bestowed on us by nature to protect our lives.
“Sometimes, we think that the rights are for us so we must enjoy them but the issue is that rights always have limit and therefore we must tread cautiously,” Mr Baidoo said.
He used the occasion to appeal to organisations and philanthropists in the city to assist the school with hostel facilities in order for it to accommodate students from far distance.
Mr Baidoo commended the government for its numerous policies in the educational sector lately and thanked the government for its support.
He said the government had supplied them with 600 mono desks and posted 30 new teachers to complement the efforts of the old staff to deliver the Free Senior High School agenda.