Open up your newspaper, any day of the week or month. You will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured, beaten, or executed because his opinions on or religion was not acceptable to his government. The reader of newspapers starts feeling a sickness of impotence. Yet if these feelings of disgust all over the world could be united into common action, something effective can be done.
Amnesty international was initiated by Peter Beneneson in 1961, who was a British lawyer, after he read about the imprisonment of two Portuguese who had drunk a toast to liberty in a Lisbon restaurant. This was during Portugal’s 32-year rule by right-wing dictator, Dr Antonio Salazar. He wanted to harness the enthusiasm of people all over the world concerned about human rights abuse.
Human rights violations are as numerous today as when Amnesty was founded. Amnesty international based in UK, and human rights watch, based in USA, are the world’s two leading human right organizations. Amnesty campaigns are on violence against women, arms control, the death penalty, torture, refugee rights, child soldiers and many other issues. Every day they receive information against human rights and if an immediate action is needed, they set the action network. They try to solve people issues and save them against torture, death, unfair trial or political killing or where the people are at risk of further human rights abuse.
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You can join and participate in Amnesty’ urgent action network and also be the part of campaigns.
By just clicking at http://web. amnesty.org/pages/ua-index-eng.