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Naked Russian artist cuts off ear lobe in protest of unnecessary psychiatric treatment

Naked Russian artist cuts off ear lobe in protest of unnecessary psychiatric treatment

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 20 (UPI) --A Russian artist known for stapling his scrotum to the ground as a protest last year has now cut off his ear lobe in protest.
Thor Benson
Suspects in British tourist murders in Thailand withdraw confessions

Suspects in British tourist murders in Thailand withdraw confessions

BANGKOK, Oct. 9 (UPI) --The Burmese migrant workers who admitted to murdering two British tourists on the Thai resort island of Koh Tao on Sept. 15 have recanted their confessions.
JC Finley
Iran delays execution of woman accused of killing her rapist

Iran delays execution of woman accused of killing her rapist

TEHRAN, Oct. 2 (UPI) --The Sept. 30 scheduled execution of an Iranian woman for allegedly killing her rapist has been postponed for 10 days.
JC Finley
Amnesty International: China exports torture tools

Amnesty International: China exports torture tools

LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) --An Amnesty International report released Tuesday claimed Chinese companies export equipment used in torture used in human rights abuses.
Ed Adamczyk
UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
By United Press International
Iran issues lashings, imprisonment sentences for 7 who made Pharrell Williams 'Happy' fan video

Iran issues lashings, imprisonment sentences for 7 who made Pharrell Williams 'Happy' fan video

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (UPI) --The seven young Iranians who were arrested in May for making a Pharrell Williams' "Happy" fan video have been sentenced.
JC Finley
Iraqi soldier on surviving Islamic State: 'It was 3 days of hell'

Iraqi soldier on surviving Islamic State: 'It was 3 days of hell'

DIWANIYAH, Iraq, Sept. 4 (UPI) --Iraqi soldier Ali Hussein Kadhim, who was captured by the Islamic State (IS) in June, was one of the few survivors of a massacre of Shiites.
Aileen Graef
Torture in Mexico increases, Amnesty International says

Torture in Mexico increases, Amnesty International says

LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) --Reported cases of torture by Mexican police and military personnel have increased 600 percent in a decade, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report.
Ed Adamczyk
Amnesty International charges Islamic State with ethnic cleansing

Amnesty International charges Islamic State with ethnic cleansing

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) --Amnesty International published a new report Tuesday titled "the Islamic State's systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq."
JC Finley
4 executed in Saudi Arabia for drug possession

4 executed in Saudi Arabia for drug possession

NAJRAN , Saudi Arabia, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Four men were executed in Najran, Saudi Arabia, after their conviction on drug possession charges.
Ed Adamczyk
Amnesty International sends team to Ferguson

Amnesty International sends team to Ferguson

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Amnesty International has deployed a monitor team inside the United States for the first time in history to observe events in Ferguson.
Aileen Graef
Jail terms for Chinese anti-corruption activists

Jail terms for Chinese anti-corruption activists

XINYU , China, June 19 (UPI) --Three activists seeking transparency in a crackdown of Chinese government corruption were given jail terms Thursday.
Ed Adamczyk
China holds mass terror trial in sports stadium, sentencing 3 to death

China holds mass terror trial in sports stadium, sentencing 3 to death

BEIJING, May 29 (UPI) --China held a mass trial for 55 people on Wednesday to face terror charges.
JC Finley
House passes NSA bill to block bulk data collection

House passes NSA bill to block bulk data collection

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) --The House passed its bill that will halt the NSA's bulk collection of metadata, over objections from civil liberties groups concerned it didn't do enough.
Gabrielle Levy
Nigeria knew of Boko Haram abduction plans, says Amnesty International

Nigeria knew of Boko Haram abduction plans, says Amnesty International

LONDON, May 9 (UPI) --The Nigerian military was aware of Boko Haram's plans to abduct boarding school students, the human rights group Amnesty International claimed Friday.
Ed Adamczyk
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Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, speaks during an Amnesty International USA rally to kick off the Washington, D.C. stop of the national tour of the Guatanamo cell replica on the National Mall in Washington on June 25, 2008. The replica has been displayed in Miami, Philadelphia, and Portland, Maine. (UPI Photo/Patrick D. McDermott)
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Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty and AI) is an international non-governmental organisation which defines its mission as "to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated." Founded in London, England in 1961, AI draws its attention to human rights abuses and campaigns for compliance with international standards. It works to mobilise public opinion which exerts pressure on individuals who perpetrate abuses. The organisation was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its "campaign against torture" and the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978.

In the field of international human rights organisations (of which there were 300 in 1996), Amnesty has the longest history and broadest name recognition, and "is believed by many to set standards for the movement as a whole."

Amnesty International was founded in London in July 1961 by English labour lawyer Peter Benenson. According to his own account, he was travelling in the London Underground on 19 November 1960, when he read of two Portuguese students who had been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for having drunk a toast to liberty. In his famous newspaper article The Forgotten Prisoners, Benenson later described his reaction as follows: "Open your newspaper any day of the week and you will find a story from somewhere of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government The newspaper reader feels a sickening sense of impotence. Yet if these feelings of disgust could be united into common action, something effective could be done."

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