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Peter Benenson and Amnesty International

David P. Forsythe, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HUMAN RIGHTS, Vol. 1, pp. 162-165, Oxford University Press, New York, 2009

6 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2011  

Kirsten Sellars

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law

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, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HUMAN RIGHTS, Vol. 1, pp. 162-165, Oxford University Press, New York, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1906599

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