The soul of the human rights movement
Photo by Panithan Kitsakul
By now, Amnesty International needs no introduction. Established by lawyer Peter Benenson in 1961, the organization
has amassed more than three million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries. The popular touchstone of the global human rights movement, Amnesty International engages with governments, armed political groups, companies and other non-state actors, seeking to disclose human rights abuses and mobilize public pressure to address both individual cases and normative change. Though less innovative in its methods as they have become organizationally entrenched over time, Amnesty International remains an important independent voice in the international arena, speaking fearlessly to power and pursuing a new focus on overlooked economic, social and cultural rights.