Corby residents invited to send Amnesty messages of goodwill

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The Corby and Kettering Group of Amnesty International is inviting people to send messages of goodwill and solidarity to those around the world who have suffered intimidation and torture.

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford will be launching the charity’s annual greetings card campaign in the foyer of Corby Cube on Saturday, December 8, at 10.30am.

Sheila Royce, secretary of the local Amnesty International group said: “Sending a card is a small gesture which sends a powerful message to those who receive it.

“This kind of encouragement can help to strengthen and empower people as they confront human rights violations, letting them know that people around the world support them.”

Cases being highlighted this year include a human rights organisation in Honduras, whose members have been subjected to death threats in recent years and Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has suffered imprisonment, torture and illegal house arrest because of his work.

The group is also raising awareness of the plight of Egyptian woman Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman, who is fighting for justice after Egyptian soldiers attacked her while she attended a large protest in Tahrir Square, leaving her with a fractured skull.