CHR is pleased to honor Amnesty International, in its 60th anniversary year, for its steadfast and effective dedication to advancing human rights worldwide. Founded in 1961 by British lawyer Peter Benenson to support political prisoners and protest the arbitrary restriction of free speech, Amnesty today is recognized globally as one of the world’s premier and most effective grassroots advocacy organizations, covering the spectrum of human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Eleanor Roosevelt championed.
Only when the last prisoner of conscience has been freed, when the last torture chamber has been closed, when the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a reality for the world’s people, will our work be done."
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