Saturday, February 26, 2005

A Man of Peace: Peter Benenson

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How many lives did Peter Benenson change? How many lives did he save? The News Telegraph is reporting, “Peter Benenson, who set up Amnesty International in 1961, has died aged 83. Mr Benenson founded the organisation after reading an article about the arrest and imprisonment of two students in a cafe in Lisbon, Portugal who had drunk a toast to liberty.” An organization started in the name of liberty, that kind of organization started today would fall under the eye of the Patriot Act. The News Telegraph goes on to say about Mr. Benenson, “Irene Khan, secretary general of the organisation, said that "his vision gave birth to human rights activism''.
Amnesty International is something that the world takes for granted until they are jailed for political reasons, taken off the street somewhere in the world and tortured, unless, that is if you are of Arabic descent. Then the American government will tell you that it is above releasing you or treating you in any civil or decent manner.
The News Telegraph also reports, "Peter Benenson's life was a courageous testament to his visionary commitment to fight injustice around the world,'' Ms Khan said.
"He brought light into the darkness of prisons, the horror of torture chambers and tragedy of death camps around the world.
"This was a man whose conscience shone in a cruel and terrifying world, who believed in the power of ordinary people to bring about extraordinary change and, by creating Amnesty International, he gave each of us the opportunity to make a difference”
An amazing man who built an organization that fights for Human Rights all over the world. Peter Benenson was a good man who did something instead of nothing.
- Chris Mansel

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