Daphne Caruana Galizia chosen for Amnesty Italy campaign

Slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was one of the six women chosen for Amnesty Italy’s campaign Donne giuste in un mondo sbagliato (Women of integrity in a world gone wrong). The petition is part of Write for Rights where each signature is a show of support and helps Amnesty put pressure on governments and institutions demanding truth and justice.

The petition urges the government to launch a public inquiry which should be complete and transparent and to ensure that the family is involved, it also urges the protection of sources and to include public hearings.

Write for Rights is a letter writing campaign which ends on 10 December which is Human Rights Day, the day chosen to honor the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human rights by the United Nations General Assembly.

Amnesty Italy explained that the global campaign has concrete effect and each signature helps to increase pressure.

The other women featured in the campaign include Valquiria and Abel, the mother and her seven-year-old son that were forcibly separated at the US border by authorities even though the two had fled Brazil and requested asylum in the US after receiving death threats from drug traffickers. Marielle Franco who was killed on 15 March in Rio de Janerio, Brazil and was a human rights activist and politician. She was also an outspoken critic of police brutality and extrajudicial killings. Atena Daemi an Iranian human rights activist and political prisoner. Nawal Benaissa who is one of the main spokespersons of the popular movement Hirak and was part of peaceful protests. Benaissa was prosecuted over comments she posted on Facebook between June and August 2017, in which she called on residents of Al Hoceima province to join protests and criticised the security forces’ excessive use of force against demonstrators.

And the sixth woman chosen by Amnesty Italy was Nonhle Mbuthuma, a human rights activists who fights for land and environmental rights in Eastern Cape, South Africa. She has been threatened for defending her community’s rights.