Peter Benenson and Amnesty International
Kirsten Sellars, 'Peter Benenson and Amnesty International' in David P. Forsythe (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Human Rights, vol. 1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 162-165.
6 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2011 Last revised: 28 May 2019
Date Written: August 8, 2011
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
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