Have you ever thought something somebody was doing was wrong and wanted to act on it but thought to your yourself, " What can I do, I am just one person?" Well Amnesty International is a program set up to assist you in helping with these social problems that you think are unjust. In this report I will inform you on a wide variety of facts about this organization.
More than forty years ago, the story of two Portugese students sentenced to seven years in prison for making a toast to freedom, sickened a British lawyer named, Peter Benenson. He wrote to a British newspaper calling for an international campaign to attack authorities around the world with protests about the "forgotten" prisoners. On May 28, 1961 the newspaper launched his year long campaign, Appeal for Amnesty 1961, calling on people everywhere to protest against the imprisonment of men and women for their political or religious beliefs-"prisoners of conscience.".
Another important fact about Amnesty International is that it does not take donations from any government, political ideology, economic interest, or religion to ensure that it is not biased to any groups. It solely depends on the contributions of its worldwide membership and fundraising activities.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. In AI's perfect world everyone would enjoy all of the human rights recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Each day they stand in unity-with and help protect- individuals and communities around the world whose human rights are not being respected. .
Amnesty's duty is to expose governments and other groups who attack people's dignity and freedom to try to hide their oppression, to keep things hidden from the public eye. Amnesty members, alongside many human rights defenders around the world, let the truth be known about these hidden abuses.