MESSAGES of support have been posted to unjustly treated prisoners of conscience around the world this Christmas.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Worcester - Councillors Paul and Lynn Denham - penned messages of hope as part of an Amnesty International project on Human Rights Day.

The city's Amnesty campaign group held a stall outside the Guildhall on Saturday, December 10, inviting the public to send cards to prisoners including Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist, who has been in jail for 40 years following an unfair trial.

A spokesman for Amnesty said: "Cards sending solidarity messages bring hope and strength to these people and let their governments realise that the world has not forgotten them."

Other prisoners set to receive cards are Eren Keskin, a human rights lawyer in Turkey, who has been convicted on numerous occasions, largely because of her work defending Kurdish rights.

Fomusoh Feh, from Cameroon, has received 20 years for resending an ironic text, and in Azerbaijan, students Bayram and Giyas have been tortured and face up to 12 years for political graffiti.

For more information about the campaign visit write.amnesty.org.uk or to find out more about the Worcester Amnesty group visit worcester-amnesty.org.uk