01:00PM, Sunday 18 December 2016
Supporters of Amnesty International demonstrated their backing on Saturday, December 10, for people being persecuted around the world.
During a four-hour open house at the Friends Meeting House in West Street, supporters sent almost 100 cards of hope and comfort to individuals and groups all over the world.
They were joined by the Royal Borough mayor, Cllr Sayonara Luxton, and Cllr Richard Kellaway.
Individuals who are part of the Amnesty Greetings Card campaign include a journalist imprisoned in Egypt for taking photographs, a British-Iranian charity worker imprisoned for five years in Iran on unspecified charges, and a Turkish lawyer who has faced death threats and sustained harassment for her work defending Kurdish rights.
Mike Copland, an Amnesty supporter, said: “Sending a message of support to those whose rights are being abused is very powerful.
“It shows them and the authorities that the individual is not alone and that all over the world thousands of people are standing up with them, and for them.”
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