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Amnesty International: Fighting Globally for Human Rights

Amnesty International (AI) is a non-profit organization that works towards freeing political prisoners, those also known as "prisoners of conscience." One of the most painful observations of my travels was the level of human rights abuse that occurs in many South American countries. However, human rights abuses don't stop there, they are a global plague. Men, women, and frequently children are imprisoned and brutally tortured simply because of their own, or sometimes their family members' political or religious beliefs. Often times, these political prisoners are tortured to death or left in solitary confinement for years. Members of Amnesty International are fighting to end such cruelty, and do so through letter writing to government officials. Amnesty International also has a global campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty as a form of cruel and punishment. If you are interested in knowing more about Amnesty International, see Amnesty International On-Line

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