What is Write to Tibetan Heroes?
To mark both Human Rights Defenders Day (9 December) and Human Rights Day (10 December) Tibetans and Tibet supporters around the world are taking time out of their day to send a letter to someone they’ve never met – a Tibetan political prisoner; a Tibetan hero.
There are estimated to be at least 2,000 Tibetans currently detained by Chinese authorities for opposing or criticizing China’s rule of Tibet.
Write to a Tibetan Hero is a global action to send messages to imprisoned Tibetans, to show them that they are not forgotten and that people around the world know about their wrongful detention and their courage.
Writing letters to political prisoners is known in many cases to help boost morale and make an important psychological difference to people while in prison. Despite all our email actions a hand-written letter is still one of the most powerful tools we have as activists: letters can build pressure on authorities by showing there is a level of international support for individual prisoners.