Our freedom of expression is one of the most important human rights we enjoy today and also one that we often take for granted. No matter how small the scale of protest, having the ability to speak out against perceived inequalities or crimes is a right that’s allowed us to move forward as a society. So, in honour of those who’ve been arrested as a result of speaking their mind through peaceful means, this weekend the departures board at Waterloo station will display the names of seven individuals deemed to be prisoners of conscience.
Given that it’s Mother’s Day weekend and Waterloo is already Britain’s busiest station, it’s likely to be as hectic as ever and organisers hope that those commuting through London will pause to take notice of the messages. Not only will the boards display images of the seven prisoners of conscience but they’ll also feature ‘departure dates’ of their own – the dates when each individual’s freedom was forcibly taken from them.
The list of prisoners includes Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen who’s been under arrest since 2008 for his part in the filming of a documentary that showcased Tibetan dissent towards the Beijing Olympics and environmental activist Yevgeny Vitishko who was imprisoned for spray painting a fence during a protest against the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Accompanying the information about each prisoner will be details of how commuters can help them regain their freedom, simply by texting HOME and their full name to 70505.
For more info about the scheme, visit amnesty.org.uk.