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Monday, 8 August 2011

Amnesty International

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, was founded in London in 1961 largely through the efforts of Peter Benenson, a lawyer who had converted to Catholicism four years previously and a Quaker Eric Baker.

It was founded following a publication of Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners in the May 28, 1961 edition of The Observer.


The organization was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1977 for its work to secure the release of political prisoners.

Amnesty International became a household name in the 1980s through its staging of concert tours with the participation, and implied endorsement, of velebrity performers.

It's motto is "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

Benenson lighting a candle in 1991

Amnesty International has more than 2.2 million members and supporters in over 150 countries and territories. It operates internationally under the leadership of a secretary-general and an international board


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