This Day in History

On May 28, 1961, the “Appeal for Amnesty, 1961” campaign was launched following the publication of an article titled “The Forgotten Prisoners” in The Observer by lawyer Peter Benenson. This campaign called for the release of individuals imprisoned worldwide for their beliefs, igniting the formation of what would become Amnesty International. This organization would grow to be a major global human rights entity, advocating for the rights and release of political prisoners, fair trials, and the abolition of torture and the death penalty around the world.