Over 370,000 letters from Poland in Amnesty International marathon

Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights abuses and campaigns in compliance with international laws and standards. AI. Flickr by Prachatai, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Over 370,000 letters in the defence of people whose rights have been infringed were written in Poland as part of a global letter writing marathon organised by Amnesty International (AI), the organisation said on Thursday.

AI reported that this is the record-number of letters sent from Poland in the marathon's history. Amnesty International emphasised that since the founding of the organisation letters have always been the most important weapon in the fight for human rights. Letters published by AI during the marathon highlight systemic and specific violations of human rights in given countries.

This year's action took place in Poland between November 29 and December 15 in 690 places such as schools and libraries. According to AI, the marathon improves the situation of dozens of people, whose rights have been violated.

Activists from Warsaw's local Amnesty group first came up with the idea to organise the marathon in 2001. In the following years, the campaign spread to other countries. Last year, nearly 309,000 letters were submitted as part of the Marathon in Poland.

The letter writing marathon is organised around December 10, the International Day of Human Rights marking the 1948 passing by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights abuses and campaigns in compliance with international laws and standards.