On the 28th May, 1961, a British lawyer named Peter Benenson wrote and published an article that began: "Open your newspaper any day of the week and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government...." Amnesty International was born. 50 years later, Amnesty International is now the world's largest human rights organization with dozens of offices and millions of members. But it began very simply with small groups of passionate and dedicated citizens writing to dictators around the globe demanding justice and the release of political prisoners. In one instance, a particularly determined Amnesty member called the Kremlin and asked to be put through to Nikita Khrushchev, and remarkably enough, they were. As Amnesty grew, launching global campaigns against torture, sexual violence and poverty, the complexities of maintaining a non-ideological stance in an increasingly ... Written by
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The title "When They Are All Free" comes from a letter one of Amnesty International's co-founders, Eric Baker, optimistically wrote to founder Peter Benenson in the early sixties, asking what will Amnesty do when the prisoners are all free? 50 years later Amnesty is still working on it. See more