As usual, during our service for the 1st Sunday in Advent we will support Amnesty International Write for Rights Campaign.
For those of you who won’t be able to sign cards and write letters together in church in the usual fashion, you can still be involved. Here are some of the activities you might like to take part in.
We have selected 2 cases of people covering countries and topics which have been very much in the news.
- From Belarus, MIKITA ZALATAROU , a 15 year old child, who has been sent to a child prison colony for taking part in a peaceful protest about the results of the recent presidential election.
- From Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, JANNA JIHAD, a teenage Palestinian journalist harassed for her work.
You can write to the relevant authorities and send a message of solidarity to each of the two people.
If you would like to take action personally, you can consult the Amnesty International website, https://www.amnesty.org.uk/write-rights-2021-get-started
The Campaign Booklet contains information on how to support each individual case.
If you are not able to get online, this is the relevant information to support the two cases mentioned. Please note the following:
Can you? *send a religious card or message? NO
*send an Amnesty card or mention Amnesty? NO
* Include your name and address? YES
1….How can I support MIKITA?
Send a message of support and solidarity to Mikita in English to:
Educational Colony V.K-2, Batova 4, Bobruisk, 213800 Mogilevskaya Obl, Belarus
Send a card to MIKITA,
He has a BMX bike and likes rap music and computer games, particularly Minecraft, which you could incorporate in your message.
Send an appeal letter to
The Prosecutor General of Belarus, asking him to release Mikita pending a fair trial.
Write to Andrei Shved,
Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus,
22, 220030 Minsk,
Salutation. Dear Prosecutor General…………In your letter ask him
To release MIkita Zalatarou pending a fair trial that complies with international juvenile justice standards.
2….How can I support JANNA?
Send a message of support and solidarity in English to Janna Jihad
c/o Amnesty International, 6 Lbn Junair Street, Sheikh Jarrah, PO BOX 42626, Jerusalem, Israel.
Send an appeal letter.
Urge the Special Committee to end the discrimination and oppression against Janna Jihad.
Write to: Special Committee on the Rights of the Child in Israel’s Parliament (Knesset)
Chair, Committee of Rights of the Child,
Kiryat Ben Gurion,
Salutation. Dear Special Committee on the Rights of the Child in Israel’s Parliament
In your letter ask the committee to end the discrimination and oppression against Janna Jihad.