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May 28, 1961: Appeal for Amnesty campaign launches

On this day in 1961, the British newspaper _The London Observer_ publishes British lawyer Peter Benenson’s article “The Forgotten Prisoners” on its front page, launching the Appeal for Amnesty 1961–a campaign calling for the release of all people imprisoned in various parts of the world because of the peaceful expression of their beliefs.Benenson was inspired to write the appeal after reading


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