“When one starts to realise that we are all interconnected within the marvel that is the Universe, although apparently ridiculously small and fragile, it is undeniable that we are, in fact, an amazing wonder. It has been said again and again, but I believe it is never too much: ‘What happens to one of us, happens to all of us’. It cannot be neglected.”
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. It campaigns for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Funded by members and anyone who wishes to join in, Amnesty International is independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope.
Few would have predicted when it first started that torturers would become international outlaws. That most countries would abolish the death penalty. And seemingly untouchable dictators would be made to answer for their crimes.
Through detailed research and determined campaigning, Amnesty International helps fight abuses of human rights worldwide. It brings torturers to justice. Changes oppressive laws. And frees people jailed just for voicing their opinion.
In 1961, British lawyer Peter Benenson was outraged when two Portuguese students were jailed just for raising a toast to freedom. He wrote an article in The Observer newspaper and launched a campaign that provoked an incredible response. Reprinted in newspapers across the world, his call to action sparked the idea that people everywhere can unite in solidarity for justice and freedom.
This inspiring moment didn’t just give birth to an extraordinary movement, it was the start of extraordinary social change.
“Only when the last prisoner of conscience has been freed, when the last torture chamber has been closed, when the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a reality for the world’s people, will our work be done.”
Peter Benenson, Amnesty International founder
JOIN AMNESTY and protect human rights.
There are many ways you can help, according to your spare time: few minutes to sign petitions which will make a difference, a couple of hours a week to volunteer as an activist or even a fulltime commitment creating awareness around you by teaching Human Rights.
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