Amnesty International Wollongong Group members will join the annual Write for Rights campaign on Saturday to shed a light on human rights abuses.
More than 200 countries come together to write letters as part of the annual campaign, which this year focuses on cases of courageous women human rights defenders.
Amnesty Wollongong members will meet at Bulli Beach Cafe on December 8 from 9.30am to 11am.
They will be writing on behalf of Marielle Franco, who stood up for black women, LGBTI people and young people in Rio de Janeiro. Franco was shot to death in her car.
Amnesty Wollongong spokesperson Jane Cipants said people who stand up for human rights in Brazil live in constant fear.
She added letters will also be written for Tran Thi Nga who in 2017 was arrested for peacefully protesting a major environmental disaster in Vietnam. She was sentenced to nine years in prison and five years of house arrest.
The letter writing event fittingly falls on the 70th anniversary weekend of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was proclaimed in Paris on December 10, 1948.
“It is fitting that we gather on this anniversary weekend to put pen to paper to defend human rights,” Cipants said.
“By doing this, we are not just shining a light on their case and promoting justice, we are also letting them know they are not forgotten.”
Details at Amnesty International’s website.