Wollongong Amnesty International members have not let the COVID-19 pandemic stop them coming together to defend human rights.
This year for the May letter-writing event, members stayed safely at home and joined together on Zoom. The group have been holding this event at cafes for decades.
The move to online action was very successful with members writing 138 letters on behalf of people around the world who have been imprisoned or who are at risk of detention or death because they have spoken out against their government.
Wollongong Amnesty International spokesperson Jane Cipants said many of these people have also been denied access to lawyers, doctors or their families.
Letters were written to officials in Kazakhstan, Iran, Colombia and China.
Unusually this year, the group also wrote letters for issues closer to home.
Ms Cipants said they highlighted the plight of 100 refugees and asylum seekers who have been detained in hotels since late last year. The group were brought to Australia for medical treatment, and then the Medivac bill was repealed.
The group have been kept in crowded conditions and need access to health care and support services.
"It was so important to keep our great tradition of letter writing for human rights, but to do it in such an accessible and flexible way," she said.
"Amnesty International has adapted over the past 60 years and remains relevant so long as human rights are not fully enjoyed."