The challenges may have doubled this Christmas - but so can your support for Human Rights

Posted by Shami Chakrabarti on 01 December 2011

Season’s Greetings! If you are considering supporting Liberty’s work this festive season, now is your chance to make your donation stretch twice as far, at no extra cost to you.

Donations to Liberty’s Common Values campaign 5 - 9 December will be doubled.

This Christmas we at Liberty are struck by the urgency to protect the very concept of universal human rights, both here and abroad.

As British winter takes hold and cuts bite, the Human Rights Act provides vital protection for us all - from the vulnerable elderly person in a care home to the peaceful protester out on the street. Yet attacks on these fundamental rights continue under alarmist and misleading headlines, and from people who should know better.

At the same time people across the globe are bravely fighting for the fundamental freedoms we sometimes take for granted.  It is easy to feel a sense of helplessness as the Arab Spring turns into something much bloodier than we had all hoped for.

One thing we can do to promote human rights abroad is defend them here at home.

"The most important thing that the British can do to support human rights in Egypt is support human rights in the United Kingdom. We have all heard of your Government's attempts to repeal the UK's Human Rights Act. Diluting current human rights protections, or restricting fundamental rights to citizens rather than humans, would set us all back. It is significantly more difficult for us to fight for universal human rights in our country if your country publicly walks away from the same universal rights."

Hossam Bahgat, Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and veteran of the Tahir Square Uprising

Please support our Common Values campaign to support the Human Rights Act with a donation during the week of 5-9 December, when our target is to turn £20,000 into an amazing £40,000. Liberty supporter  Dame Vivienne Westwood and other generous donors will double whatever you give.

If you are feeling the pinch, this is the perfect opportunity to make your money go twice as far and double your support for human rights.

To help us reach our target simply go to the donation form here from 10am Monday 5 December. The matched funds are limited, so get in early and don’t miss out!


Thank you for your generous support.