Saturday, February 26, 2005

Amnesty International Founder

The founder of human rights group Amnesty International, Peter Benenson, has passed away aged 83.
He died on Friday at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, after a long illness. The British lawyer set up the group in 1961, after reading an article about the imprisonment of two students in Portugal who drank a toast to liberty.
"Peter Benenson's life was a courageous testament to his visionary commitment to fight injustice around the world," said Amnesty's IreneHe brought light into the darkness of prisons, the horror of torture chambers and tragedy or death camps around the world. "This was a man whose conscience shone in a cruel and terrifying world, who believed in the power of the ordinary people to bring about extraordinary change and, by creating Amnesty International, he gave each of us the opportunity to makeHe brought light into the darkness of prisons, the horror of torture chambers and tragedy or death camps around the world.
"This was a man whose conscience shone in a cruel and terrifying world, who believed in the power of the ordinary people to bring about extraordinary change and, by creating Amnesty International, he gave each of us the opportunity to make a difference.

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