Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of over 3 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom.  Through research, public pressure and international solidarity, Amnesty International campaigns for lasting solutions to the world’s human rights challenges.

Amnesty International was founded in 1961 by a British lawyer, Peter Benenson who became very upset after reading about two Portuguese students who were imprisoned for raising their glasses in a toast to freedom. He wrote an article in the London Observer and received much support. The Canadian Amnesty International has operated since 1973. Examples such as Kimy Pernia who disappeared in Columbia for defending his people’s rights or restrictions of freedom of expression in Rwanda illustrate the causes that are defended by this group. Further information explaining how you can help is be found at the website below.

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Defending the Human Rights of Individuals Around the Globe

Join human rights supporters taking action to protect the rights of individuals at risk, including Human Rights Defenders, Prisoners of Conscience, and victims of human rights abuses.


Watch this video to learn more about how Amnesty International’s Individuals at Risk program helps protect those who put their own lives at risk for the cause of human rights.

Then take action on one of the cases below or make a donation to support this critical work for human rights.

More Information can be found at the website listed above.

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