Sunday, February 27, 2005


Today Amnesty has 1.8 million members and supporters.

The Sunday Times "Peter Benenson, the British lawyer who founded Amnesty International, the human rights campaign group, has died aged 83.
The son of an army colonel, Benenson set the group up in 1961 after he read about the arrest and imprisonment of two students in a Lisbon cafe who drank a toast to liberty when Portugal was still run by a military dictatorship.
He was so enraged that he walked out of a Tube station and into the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square to light a candle and see what could be done to mobilise world opinion. .."

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