About Amnesty International

About Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people campaigning to protect human rights. We have a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

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How we started

How we started

Amnesty International was founded in 1961 by London barrister Peter Benenson, after a group of students in Portugal were jailed for raising a toast to freedom.
What are human rights?

What are human rights?

Human rights are the basic freedoms and protections that people are entitled to simply because they are human beings.
What Amnesty stands for

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Find out more about the campaigns and the issues that Amnesty International works on.