Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty and AI) is a non-governmental organization focused on human rights. The stated objective of the organization is “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.”
Amnesty International was founded in London in 1961, following the publication of the article “The Forgotten Prisoners” in The Observer on 28 May 1961, by the lawyer Peter Benenson. Amnesty draws attention to human rights abuses and campaigns for compliance with international laws and standards. It works to mobilize public opinion to put pressure on governments that let abuse take place. The organization was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its “campaign against torture,” and the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978. In the field of international human rights organizations, Amnesty has the third longest history, after the International Federation for Human Rights and broadest name recognition, and is believed by many to set standards for the movement as a whole.
Their Wiki page, linked below, has a lot of history from when they were founded in the 1960s to now. They’ve done so much for human rights, I definitely recommend you read up on this one. And with that, I’m done for today. If there’s something you want to see me discuss as a part of VEDIM, let me know NOW because I have only two free days left. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow!