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NGOAmnesty International UK
AddressAmnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
Telephone020 70331500
Background InformationAmnesty International UK is a national section of Amnesty International, a worldwide human rights group with sections and structures in 71 countries, and a campaigning presence in 100. Amnesty was established by British lawyer Peter Benenson, galvanised after reading of the imprisonment of two Portuguese students who had toasted freedom. Benenson launched a newspaper appeal in The Observer in May 1961, entitled 'The Forgotten Prisoners.' Amnesty works to raise awareness of human rights, and to highlight specific cases of human-rights abuse. It operates a policy of strict impartiality and independence. In the UK, Amnesty has over 260,000 members. London is also home to Amnesty's international secretariat. Source:
Year Created1961
Other Names / Antecedent Bodies
Related OrganisationsAmnesty International; Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition; CORE Scotland
KeywordsHuman rights and civil liberties.
Last Edited ByRC at 18/09/2007 10:49:42