posted on Mar, 1 2005 @ 04:12 AM
The founder of the worldwide human rights organisation Amnesty International passed away on the evening of February 25th, 2005.
Peter Benenson was the founded of Amnesty International in 1961. It started as a one-year campaign for the release of six prisoners. From this came a
worldwide movement for human rights, and Amnesty International was formed.
"Peter Benenson’s life was a courageous testament to his visionary commitment to fight injustice around the world," said Irene Khan, Secretary
General of Amnesty International.
"He brought light into the darkness of prisons, the horror of torture chambers and tragedy of death camps around the world. This was a man whose
conscience shone in a cruel and terrifying world, who believed in the power of ordinary people to bring about extraordinary change and, by creating
Amnesty International, he gave each of us the opportunity to make a difference."
- The article referred to.
- Page about Peter Benenson.