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Amnesty International

The Human Rights Story

Traces the history of Amnesty International from its beginnings in 1961, describing the difficulties and disappointments, how the organization works, and its special campaigns. Includes case studies focusing on the Soviet Union, China, Africa, Brazil and South America and first hand information on current activities in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The book is illustrated by photographs from Amnesty's archives


Published: September 1981

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-028902-1


  • This is a well-researched, well-written, well-illustrated and thoroughly commendable book.
    The Tablet


  • (partial) Amnesty today and yesterday

    The Amnesty machinery at work

    Four special efforts: against the death penalty, against torture, to save the children, against the arms trade

    Central America: Amnesty's front burner

    Guatemala: 'no political prisoners'

    El Salvador: in the eye of the revolution

    Nicaragua: overthrow of a tyrant

    West Germany: the Baader-Meinhof Gang

    China: Amnesty raises the curtain

    The Central African Republic: affair of the dead children

    Brazil: sixteen years of torture

    Tanzania: the liberal dilemma

    The USSR: Stalin's legacy

    'Against oblivion': Amnesty's future

    Appendix: list of Amnesty sections

    Picture credits



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