Did you know that torture is a really unreliable way to get information? And it’s mostly used against poor people, petty criminal suspects, or anyone who dares to disagree with their government?
Rewind to 1961. Hemlines were front-page news, The Beatles and The Beach Boys were topping the charts, civil rights activists were preparing for the biggest march in US history, while here in Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples hadn’t even been given the right to vote.
In another corner of the world, two Portuguese students were being imprisoned for raising their glasses to liberty – an injustice that infuriated British lawyer Peter Benenson so much that he founded Amnesty International on 28 May 1961.
Every day since then Amnesty International has worked with individuals and communities to bring their stories to the world and shine a light on human rights abuses, wherever they occur. Today, as Amnesty International celebrates its 53rd birthday, we highlight some of our achievements.
Amnesty International has launched a new campaign which shows that during the last five years, torture and other forms of ill-treatment, have occured in at least 141 countries from every region of the world.
Volunteer Week (12-18 May) is an opportunity to recognise all of the people in our community who sacrifice their time to contribute to something larger than themselves.
Find out how to celebrate your love without compromising your values.
If you are considering travelling anytime soon, you may wish to rethink doing some of these acts in the countries below.
The fact that these basic activities can land some one in prison is shocking.
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They ‘shake the house.’ They wish people “a wet year”. They stay up till dawn to cook a traditional wheatgerm dish with its own song dedicated to it.
Amnesty International is committed to defending those denied justice or freedom based on their political views, gender, sexuality or religion. Here are the stories that made 2013 a year to remember.