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Amnesty International

(AI,) human-rights organization founded in 1961 by Englishman Peter Benenson; it campaigns internationally against the detention of prisoners of conscience, for the fair trial of political prisoners, to abolish the death penalty and torture of prisoners, and to end extrajudicial executions and "disappearances" throughout the world. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for having aided in the release of more than 10,000 political prisoners worldwide. In 1998, the organization had over a million members worldwide.


See A. Neier, War Crimes (1998).

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Amnesty International was established in 1961, after British lawyer Peter Benenson wrote to the British newspaper, The Observer, to instigate an international publicity campaign called Appeal for Amnesty 1961.
West Midlands Amnesty International media officer, Simon Ware, said: "Whereas 'disappearances' were virtually unheard of in Pakistan before 2001, since the start of the war on terror hundreds of people have been subject to illegal detention after arbitrary arrests by secret intelligence forces.
With the LTTE leaders, the delegation will discuss reports of the recruitment of child soldiers, the return to their families, and rehabilitation,'' the Amnesty International statement said.
Amnesty International has protested against the confiscation, saying that the organisation 'is concerned that this type of event sets a dangerous precedent which brings to mind old Soviet practices.
This new Amnesty International experience[TM] application will allow users to fight injustice and support human rights round the world through their daily purchases," said Stacey Bain, chief operating office, Amnesty International USA.
In early June, Amnesty International submitted their evidence about abuse in prison to the Committee, said the Amnesty International spokesperson, "however, since then, we haven't heard back from the national Fact Finding committee.
Bahrain Bloc MP Ahmed Al Sa'ati said it was "shameful" for Amnesty International to release its "one-sided" report on a day when locals and expatriates were celebrating Bahrain's 42nd National Day.
8220;This will be the first statewide conference for Amnesty in Tennessee,” says Julie Brinker, co-organizer of the Nashville chapter of Amnesty International.
The report will be launched by Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, who will highlight the main themes and key issues addressed in the report.
Amnesty International, which initiated the idea and campaigned for 20 years to win victory, hailed passage as a human rights triumph for the "voices of reason over skeptics and dealers in death.
Amnesty International, Thursday, in a report titled 'Pakistan Report Exposes the hand of Cruelty in Pakistan's Tribal Areas' alleged the Pakistan military is guilty of rights abuses on the Afghan border, using new security laws and a colonial-era penal system to act with impunity.
LONDON, June 28 (KUNA) -- A ready flow of military weapons from China, Sudan, and Ukraine has triggered indiscriminate attacks by both the South Sudanese Armed Forces and armed opposition groups, Amnesty International said in a new briefing Thursday.