Peter Benenson and Amnesty International

David P. Forsythe (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Human Rights, vol. 1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 162-165.

6 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2011 Last revised: 29 Jul 2018

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Kirsten Sellars

Australian National University (ANU) - Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs

Date Written: August 8, 2011

Abstract

Peter Benenson was a champion of “prisoners of conscience” and founder of Amnesty International. During his six years at its helm, he developed an approach to campaigning that provided a blueprint for the human rights movement. He was ambitious, innovative, and occasionally reckless, sparking controversies that would cast a shadow over the organization he had founded.

Keywords: Peter Benenson, Amnesty International, Human Rights, International Law, Colonialism, Haiti, International Commission of Jurists, Seán MacBride, Refugees, Religious Freedom, Apartheid, Torture, Aden, Rhodesia

Suggested Citation

Sellars, Kirsten, Peter Benenson and Amnesty International (August 8, 2011). David P. Forsythe (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Human Rights, vol. 1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 162-165.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1906599

Kirsten Sellars (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs ( email )

Hedley Bull Building
130 Garran Road
Acton, ACT 2601
Australia

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