Information about Human rights and Amnesty International

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Information about Human rights and Amnesty International Amnesty International was launched in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a British lawyer, after reading about two Portuguese students who had been sentenced to seven years` imprisonment for raising their glasses in a toast to freedom. His newspaper appeal, The Forgotten Prisoners, was published worldwide on 28th May 1961 and brought in more than 1,000 offers of support for the idea of an international campaign to protect human rights. Human rights are set out as principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A declaration is not legally binding. It lays out principles and objectives and carries moral weight.Full human dignity means not only freedom from torture, but also freedom from hunger. It means freedom to vote and the right to education. It means freedom of expression and the right to health. It means the right to enjoy all rights without discrimination. In 1986, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Right to Development, which states that:The human person is the central subject of development and should be the participant and beneficiary of the right to development.Some human rights: Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such ...

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