January 17, 2011

Amnesty International Turns 50

Irish Times, Irish Times

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AT ITS birth 50 years ago Amnesty International’s founder, British lawyer Peter Benenson, was driven by a simple, some said naive, idea. By writing letters directly to dictators, officials, politicians, judges, or soldiers, ordinary people could prick consciences at best, or at least warn that impunity for human rights violations was no longer guaranteed.

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