Amnesty at late-night shopping

SHOPPERS at Shoreham Christmas Festival will be asked to support victims of human rights abuses around the world.

The late-night shopping event on Tuesday, from 4pm to 8pm, includes street entertainment across the town centre, children’s rides and sideshows, plus a Christmas market in East Street, Shoreham.

During the festivities, Shoreham and Worthing Amnesty Group will be urging people to sign greetings cards as part of the annual Write for Rights campaign.

Secretary Peter Bedwell said the stall will be at Shoreham Methodist Church, in Brunswick Road, where there will be a craft fayre from 5pm to 9pm.

The campaign, which runs in November and December, asks people to send personal messages of support and solidarity to people behind bars, or whose lives are in serious danger, for exercising their human rights.

Mr Bedwell said: “We tend to take human rights for granted here but in much of the world speaking your mind is a hazardous occupation and can land you in jail.

“Cards and letters can make a real difference to people imprisoned, or in danger, for exercising their human rights. It reminds them they are not alone, and by showing the authorities that the world knows what’s going on, it can help to secure a prisoner’s release, stop the harassment or change an unjust law.”