What is the Rapid Response Network?
The concept is simple: Take Action, Change a Life.
Rapid Response appeals ask our community of advocates to flood the mailboxes, inboxes, phones and social media of authorities when someone is in imminent danger of human rights violations.
Your letters, emails, phone calls, faxes and Tweets have helped to halt executions, support human rights defenders and free prisoners of conscience—people jailed solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs and identity.
A juvenile facing the death penalty. A woman flogged for the clothes she wears. The disappearance of three sisters who speak out against their brother’s imprisonment. Such are the cases we ask our Rapid Responders to take action for on a daily and weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.
STEP 1: SIGN UP TODAY!
Sign up to receive Rapid Response Appeals.
You can choose to receive emails on a daily and weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. You can also choose to receive emails on the following specific issues.
- Anti-Death Penalty
- Climate justice & environmental defenders
- LGBTQIA+/MVPFAFF rights
STEP 2: TAKE ACTION
Rapid Response Appeals specify the case, local and international government officials to contact, their contact information and suggestions about what to write, say or Tweet.
New Zealand can make a unique difference due to our position on the International Date Line. We receive information overnight and email you with how you can take action in the morning.
This means you are among the first in the world to receive and respond to our appeals.
Not sure if your letters will make a difference?
These letters have helped halt executions, end the harassment of human rights defenders, and free prisoners of conscience.
Have a look below for some of the recent life-changing wins the Rapid Response network has achieved!