50 Years of Protecting Human Rights
Happy Birthday, Amnesty International!
2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Amnesty International, which began with one person and an idea – to protect the basic dignity and human rights of those imprisoned for their beliefs.
In 1961 British lawyer Peter Benenson launched a worldwide “Appeal for Amnesty” on behalf of individuals imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. His article in the London Observer, entitled The Forgotten Prisoners, went on to be reprinted in newspapers across the globe. This call to action resonated with the values and aspirations of people everywhere, and Amnesty International was born.
Read more at Amnesty International
See also: Amnesty posters through 50 years
Watch the video tribute to the struggle of freedom: Standing Up for Freedom