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The International Human Rights MovementA History$
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Aryeh Neier

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691200989

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691200989.001.0001

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Amnesty International

Amnesty International

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(p.186) 8 Amnesty International
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The International Human Rights Movement
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Aryeh Neier

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691200989.003.0008

This chapter centers on Amnesty International, the best-known and largest human rights organization in the world that was established in London in 1961. It highlights how the creation of Amnesty was a major milestone in the emergence of an enduring human rights movement. It also discusses the Cold War context that played a crucial role in shaping Amnesty. The chapter explores the intention of Amnesty to operate worldwide and address the abuses of rights committed by those on all sides of the global struggle. It also talks about the principal founder of Amnesty, Peter Benenson, who was active in the efforts to promote civil liberties several years prior to taking the lead in the formation of Amnesty.

Keywords:   Amnesty International, human rights organization, human rights movement, Cold War context, global struggle, Peter Benenson, civil liberties

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