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Published on December 6th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Darvill’s Write for Rights

Arthur Darvill has been devoting some of this time to help raise awareness of Amnesty International’s campaign Write for Rights – an annual end of year movement with the simple aim of writing letters to those who have suffered rights violations, offering them hope and comfort, but also to those who commit these and other atrocities against any individuals.

Speaking in a specially recorded clip for Amnesty International Arthur has been asking people to write on behalf of a group of activists called WOZA (Women of Zimbabwe Arise) who regularly protest various social, economic and human rights issues and are regularly met with violence and police brutality.

In May 2011 2,000 WOZA members marched peacefully towards the offices of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company to protest poor services and rising bills. The Police intervened, beating the members indiscriminately.

If you too would like to help Arthur and Amnesty International call attention to the human rights violations being inflicted upon WOZA then use this template letter addressed to the Deputy Commissioner – General (Crime) Innocent Matibiri.

You’ll also find instructions on how to best get across your feelings and, of course, further suggestions for other rights violations that need to be shamed.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.



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