Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Amnesty International

  • Cristina Cazacu Chinole
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_39

Founded in 1961 by a British lawyer, Peter Benenson, Amnesty International is a well-known international human rights organization with more than 2.2 millions of supporters and subscribers from more than 150 countries. The declared mission of the organization is to work around the globe in order to stop the abuse of human rights; its purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

According to its statute, Amnesty International is autonomous organization that does not support or oppose any government or political system. Moreover, the organization does not necessarily support or oppose the views of the victims/survivors or human rights defenders whose rights it seeks to protect. As it is fully funded through individual contributions and donations, Amnesty International is able to be free from any influence, since it does not depend on any government, political ideology, economic interest, or religion.

The basic premise of Amnesty International’s...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Cazacu Chinole
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  1. 1.Center for Ethics and Public PoliciesBucharest and IasiRomania