"There is a growing tendency all over the world to disguise the real grounds upon which 'non-conformists' are imprisoned." — Peter Benenson, "The Forgotten Prisoners", 28 May 1961.
"Any person who is physically restrained (by imprisonment or otherwise) from expressing (in any form of words or symbols) an opinion which he honestly holds and which does not advocate or condone personal violence." — The article defining the term Prisoner of Conscience.
"Pressure of opinion a hundred years ago brought about the emancipation of the slaves. It is now for man to insist upon the same freedom for his mind as he has won for his body." — Peter Benenson, "The Forgotten Prisoners".
"The Forgotten Prisoners" is an article by
Peter Benenson published in
The Observer on 28 May 1961. Citing the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights articles 18 and 19, it announced a campaign on "Appeal
for Amnesty, 1961" and called for "common action". The article also
launched the book Persecution 1961 and its stories of doctor Agostinho
Neto, philosopher Constantin Noica, lawyer Antonio Amat and Ashton
Jones and Patrick Duncan.
Benenson reputedly wrote his article after having learnt that two
Portuguese students from
^ a b c d e Peter Benenson. "The Forgotten Prisoners" (abridged), The
Observer, 28 May 1961. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
Peter Benenson (28 May 1961). "
The Forgotten Prisoners by Peter
The Observer stored on amnestyusa.org. Retrieved 28 May
^ a b Tracy McVeigh. "
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