Amnesty International UK investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilises the public, and helps transform societies to create a safer, more just world.
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.
This sounds uneventful, but it 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, Amnesty International continues to campaign for justice wherever it has been denied. The charity protects people, defending their right to freedom, to truth, and to dignity so that one day the dream of human rights for all becomes a reality.
With the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery, Amnesty International is able to deliver Human Rights Education in the UK and internationally – providing the knowledge, skills and tools for individuals to stand up for their rights, and the rights of others. The charity will also be expanding its I Welcome programme in 2018. This will involve working across communities to create a tolerant, open and welcoming society to support migrants, refugees, and displaced people in unfamiliar and sometimes unsettling new environments.