Amnesty International UK
Who we are
We are Amnesty International UK. We work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.In October 1960 a young barrister got on the London Underground, opened his paper and read a short article about a couple of students in Portugal who had been imprisoned for seven years after raising their glasses in a toast to freedom.
Sounds uneventful, but this was to become one of the most significant moments in the global movement for human rights. That barrister was called Peter Benenson, and his outrage at the imprisonment of the two men led to the birth of Amnesty International.
Now, over 50 years and a Nobel Peace Prize later, we continue to campaign for justice wherever it has been denied. We protect people, defending their right to freedom, to truth, and to dignity. We do this by investigating and exposing abuses where they happen. We do this by galvanising our global movement of seven million people to intervene where individuals are at risk and by educating future generations. We do this so that one day the dream of human rights for all becomes a reality.