Amnesty International: A Nongovernmental/Nonprofit Organization

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What is Amnesty International? Amnesty International is a nongovernmental/nonprofit organization that revolves around ending the injustice of human rights on a worldwide scale. The end goal is a world where human rights can be enjoyed by all. Based in London, England, it is said to have more than 7 million members and supporters in over 150 countries and territories. Amnesty International goes by the motto "Better to light a candle than curse the darkness". Their motto to me means to never give up and to always stay hopeful. Included in this paper will be a brief history, mission, and potential Joint Operation affiliation. What is the history of Amnesty International? In 1961, when two Portuguese students were jailed just for raising a toast to freedom a British lawyer named Peter Benenson was outraged. Out of frustration he wrote an article in The Observer newspaper and started up a campaign effort that incited the masses. Being printed around the world in newspapers people realized there was something great to be gained from being a part of such a noble cause, the start of a social change in a major way. In the article The Forgotten Prisoners, Peter Benenson stated "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

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