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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
Saudi blogger sentenced to 'unimaginable' punishment for 'insulting Islam'

Saudi blogger sentenced to 'unimaginable' punishment for 'insulting Islam'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 8 (UPI) --A Saudi court sentenced Saudi blogger Raif Badawi to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and a $266,000 fine for "insulting Islam."
JC Finley
Female senators call for stronger Nigeria response

Female senators call for stronger Nigeria response

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- Senate women banded together Tuesday to call on President Obama to take a stronger stance against the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian girls last month.
Gabrielle Levy
Egypt's proposed anti-terror legislation could broaden definition of 'terrorism'

Egypt's proposed anti-terror legislation could broaden definition of 'terrorism'

CAIRO, April 22 (UPI) -- The Egyptian cabinet is considering imposing new draft anti-terrorism legislation that would broaden the definition of terrorism and impose harsher penalties.
JC Finley
Indian Supreme Court rules in favor of gender self-identification

Indian Supreme Court rules in favor of gender self-identification

NEW DELHI, April 15 (UPI) -- India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that citizens are free to self-identify their gender.
JC Finley
Chinese appellate court rejects Xu Zhiyong appeal

Chinese appellate court rejects Xu Zhiyong appeal

BEIJING, April 11 (UPI) -- A Chinese appellate court ruled Friday to uphold the four year prison sentence imposed in January on jailed human rights advocate Xu Zhiyong.
JC Finley
Amnesty International: Global executions on the rise

Amnesty International: Global executions on the rise

March 27 (UPI) -- Global executions surged with 778 executions in 22 countries resulting in a 15 percent increase after two decades of steady decline.
Aileen Graef
Egyptian court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death for killing one police officer

Egyptian court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death for killing one police officer

March 24 (UPI) -- An Egyptian court sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for murder and inciting violence during protests in August.
Aileen Graef
Pussy Riot members attacked in a McDonald's

Pussy Riot members attacked in a McDonald's

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, March 7 (UPI) -- Two members of the Russian activist group and punk band Pussy Riot were attacked while eating breakfast at a McDonald's, leaving them with injuries and burns.
Aileen Graef

DRC warlord Katanga charged with war crimes at ICC

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 7 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court said Friday a DRC warlord, Germain Katanga, is guilty of one count of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes.
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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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