The largest international non-governmental human rights organization "Amnesty International" ("Amnesty International") celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In 1961, the British lawyer Peter Benensan launched an international campaign for amnesty for all prisoners of conscience. The occasion was the fate of two Portuguese students who Salazar regime imprisoned for seven years for the fact that they raised a toast "For Freedom."
What is the significance of Belarus has activity "Amnesty International"? The human rights activist, a representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Harry Pahanyaila:
"This is a one of the most well-known international human rights organizations. The authority of this organization are very high here in Belarus. This organization has repeatedly declared our barman political prisoners who had been sentenced by the courts on the orders of our dictator. In this regard, cooperation with this organization useful. This is a long-standing tradition. It is a recognition people wrongfully convicted for political reasons, they need international solidarity, support and alignment of demands to the government for their release. Today it is more than 20 people. Starting from Autuhovich and all those who, through court verdicts sentenced to prison, including a restriction of freedom, on the events of December 19. We believe that none of the these people not guilty. The courts of their cases were obviously illegal and politically motivated. We're trying to build on the opportunities that provide us with international organizations, institutions to deal with the facts of the specific case of violation of the human rights of everyone who suffered repression in Belarus. "
"Amnesty International" (Amnesty International, Amnesty, AI) — an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the protection of human rights. Its headquarters are in London, has offices in 58 countries, which together include more than 2.2 million people. The annual report gives evidence of human rights violations. Founded in London in 1961 by British lawyer Peter Benensanam after he read an article about two Portuguese students who were sentenced to seven years in prison for what they have raised a toast to freedom. In 1977 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for its "campaign against torture", in 1978 — the United Nations Prize in the field of human rights.