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About Amnesty International

Mission and vision

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than three million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.

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In 1961 an article, the forgotten prisoners, appeared in The Observer newspaper of London. It was written by British lawyer, Peter Benenson, and described his disgust at the global trend of imprisoning, torturing or executing people because their political or religious views were unacceptable to their governments.

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What are human rights?

Human rights are the basic freedoms and protections that people are entitled to simply because they are human beings. They are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human rights are universal: They belong to everyone, regardless of race, sexuality, citizenship, gender, nationality, ethnicity, or ability.

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