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1961: Peter Benenson launched a worldwide campaign called “Appeal for Amnesty 1961” and published the article, “The Forgotten Prisoners” in The Observer newpaper in Britain.

1962: The Prisoner of Conscience Fund was established. It provides relief to prisoners and their families.

1963: The International Secretariat, headquarters, was established in London

1964: Peter Benenson was announced president of the organization. He was the best person to be president, for he took all of his hard work and constructed this organization.

1965: Amnesty International issued its first reports on the prison conditions in Portugal, South Africa and Romania. They also sponsored a resolution at the United Nations to suspend and finally abolish the death penalty for peacetime political offences.

1972: First worldwide campaign for the abolition of toruture.

1975: By this time, there were 1592 groups in 22 countries and more than 70,000 members in 65 countries

1976: International Bill of Rights was made. It included the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

1977: Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They “[have contributed to securing the ground for freedom, for justice, and thereby also for peace in the world”

1984: Second Campaign Against Torture

1994: Major international campaigns on women’s rights, disappearances, and political killings were launched.

1996: Amnesty International launched the campaign for a permanent International Criminal Court.

2000: Third Campaign against Torture

2002: Amnesty International launched a campaign in the Russian Federation against the widespread human rights abuses committed in a climate of impunity.

2004: Amnesty International launched the Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

2005:Amnesty International launched the Make Some Noise campaign, which includes music, celebration and action in support of Amnesty International’s work.

2007: Sudan’s government to protect civilians in Darfur global petition is launched.

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