Write for Rights 2017

Now through December 31, 2017

You can help change the lives of this year’s 10 cases by writing letters. When combined with millions of others, your letters help convince government officials to free prisoners of conscience, support human rights defenders, and end other urgent cases of abuse. Together, we can change lives and change our world.

Please read about this year’s cases, and then do the online actions and, as soon as you can, write a letter.

Click here for a pdf with information on this year’s ten cases, including addresses for writing personal letters (and a sample letter for each case.)

First ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced to U.S. Congress

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced a House bill on Tuesday that seeks to prohibit the U.S. from funding the detention and prosecution of Palestinian children in the Israeli military court system. The legislation is said to be the first time a bill on Palestinian human rights has ever been introduced to Congress.

The 11-page bill comes several weeks after a report was released by Israeli rights groups, with the support of the European Union, which revealed “broad, systemic abuse by Israeli authorities,” against Palestinian teenagers detained in occupied East Jerusalem.

Continue reading: Mondoweiss

Text of the bill (pdf): Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act