Amnesty International

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Amnesty International
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Location Global General secretariat in London
Services Human rights
Method Media attention, direct-appeal campaigns, research, lobbying
Members Many million members and supporters
Motto It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.[1]
Website www.amnesty.org

Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty and AI) is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights with millions of members and supporters around the world. It focuses in particular on "prisoners of conscience" which are persons imprisoned or prevented from expressing their opinions in violation of freedom of expression.

Despite this, Amnesty does not support the right of freedom of expression of those accused of "Holocaust denial" or "hate speech".

Amnesty International was founded in London in 1961 by the lawyer Peter Benenson who was a Jew who had converted to Catholicism. The Jewish Louis Blom-Cooper was also involved in the foundation.

The organization has liberal/leftist outlook and supports ending the death penalty, decriminalizing abortion, minorities' and indigenous rights, protecting LGBT rights, social and cultural rights for marginalised communities, and the rights of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers.

Its coverage of different countries has been criticized as biased compared to actual human rights abuses.

Another criticism is excessive pay for management.

External links

References

  1. History – The Meaning of the Amnesty Candle. Amnesty International. Retrieved on 4 June 2008.
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