Don Foster MP


Don Foster celebrates 50 years of Human Rights activism

June 1, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster MP joined the Bath Amnesty International Group to celebrate the human rights charities 50th birthday. Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organisation, is celebrating 50 years of work on 28 May 2011.

Amnesty was started in London, in 1961, when British barrister Peter Benenson read an article about two Portuguese students who had been arrested for raising a “toast to freedom”. Benenson wrote an article entitled ‘The Forgotten Prisoners’, in which he highlighted the plight of similar prisoners who had been jailed around the world for peacefully expressing their views. In an impassioned plea, he coined the term ‘prisoner of conscience’ and called for like-minded people across the world to unite in an appeal for amnesty on their behalf. The response was immense, and within weeks Amnesty International, a coordinated movement of ordinary people standing up for justice, had been born.

Since then Amnesty International has grown into an organisation with 3 million members worldwide. One of those members joined the notoriously active Bath amnesty International Society to celebrate 50 years of activism.

Commenting Don Foster said, “Amnesty International is a very important organisation to me. As a long-term member I have seen the essential work it undertakes on a regular basis. Its work is as important today as it has ever has been. It is uplifting to see such a vibrant group of local activists here in Bath who give their time and energy to working so selflessly to help others. I wish all at the Bath Amnesty group all the best for the future”

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