“Your letters gave us inspiration.
We are not alone.”


Dear John,

Last year was a very difficult time for me. On March 10, 2015, police in Myanmar arrested me and over 100 other students for marching in protest against a new education law.

We were beaten with batons, and charged with many questionable criminal offences. We could have faced more than nine years in prison.

But then someone like you joined Amnesty’s Write for Rights.

Amnesty supporters like you send letters, emails and tweets urging our release.

On April 8, 2016, I was freed. My release sends an encouraging message about the new government’s commitment to ending political arrest and imprisonment in Myanmar.

You have the power to make this happen for other prisoners of conscience, John, when you join Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights.

Please sign up for Write for Rights 2016 right away so you can make a difference for prisoners of conscience and others facing grave human rights abuses, like I did.

I wish I could thank every one of you, not just for campaigning for my release, and for the release of other prisoners of conscience, but for helping to keep our hope alive.

There are others who desperately need your voice to protect them from human rights abuses and defend their basic freedoms.

Join Write for Rights, so that together we can:

•    Stand with the Indigenous peoples of the Peace River valley in British Columbia in their fight to halt the Site C
•    Free a women’s rights defender sentenced to 16 years in prison
•    Release a photojournalist held over 1,000 days in prison for taking a photo of a peaceful protest
•    Protect a child with albinism being hunted for her body parts
•    Stand with a farmer who has been beaten and threatened for her activism protesting a mine

So join Write for Rights and keep writing those letters. I am proof you can change lives.

Thank you again for standing up for human rights for all.

With much gratitude,

Phyoe Phyoe Aung
2015 Write for Rights Case
Former Prisoner of Conscience