Amnesty International is an organization that campaigns for human rights around the globe. Over 2.2 million people in more than 150 countries support Amnesty International to act for justice as soon as human rights are abused by governments or opposition groups.
Solidarity Helps Keep Hope Alive
Amnesty International was founded in 1961 by Peter Benson, who read about two Portuguese students who had been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for having drunk a toast to liberty. Under António de Oliveira Salazar, who was the Portuguese Prime Minister and dictator at the time, it was forbidden to even mention the word “liberty.” Benenson “appealed for amnesty” and mobilized people around the world in defence of these individuals. Within only one month more than 1,000 people offered to help. Today, more than 300 international experts in the London headquarters are constantly collecting material regarding the violation of human rights. AI undertakes research and takes action aimed at preventing and ending the abuses of rights. The organization also interviews local offices, observes trials and publishes detailed reports. Pressure is put on governments and armed political groups through campaigns and international solidarity.
Human Rights Need You
Amnesty International does not seek or accept any funds from governments or political parties. The organization remains independent from political ideologies, economic interests and religions. Donations come from individuals all around the world and carefully selected businesses only. Please help to maintain the protection of human rights and international solidarity. Visit one of Amnesty International’s websites and make a difference:
- International: www.amnesty.org
- Australia: www.amnesty.org.au
- Canada (EN): www.amnesty.ca
- Canada (F): www.amnistie.ca
- United Kingdom: www.amnesty.org.uk
- United States: www.amnestyusa.org
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