Amnesty International: Celebrating 50 Years Of Fight For Human Rights
Today, the human rights organization Amnesty International is celebrating its 50 years anniversary. Amnesty was founded by Peter Benenson, and 50 years later the organization is a powerful network of over 3.5 million people operating in 150 countries in common action against injustice, human rights abuse such as torture and the death penalty.
Amnesty International is inviting people worldwide today to join in this moment by raising a toast to the organization for fighting for justice and freedom worldwide. The anniversary comes as the global human rights landscape is changing rapidly as more people are finding the courage to confront oppression, tyranny and corruption in the face of violence committed by brutal police states.
“Since the Amnesty International candle first shone a light on the world’s hellholes, there has been a human rights revolution. The call for freedom, justice and dignity has moved from the margins and is now a truly global demand. We can offer something that the forces of repression can never contain or silence: people united in common action,” said Salil Shetty Amnesty International Secretary General.