A Pure Soul pp 151-157 | Cite as

Waves of Refugees

  • Andrea Parlangeli


In May 1961, the British lawyer Peter Berenson opened the newspaper and read that, in Portugal, then governed by the dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, two students had been arrested and sentenced to 7 years in prison for having toasted freedom. An indignant Berenson wrote to the British newspaper The Observer, which, on 28 May, published his article on the front page with the title “The Forgotten Prisoners.” In the article, Berenson launched an appeal in defense of the two students, unjustly punished, while inviting the paper’s readers to take a position on the matter. Readers reacted in the thousands, and the initiative had such an impact that it extended to over a dozen countries. Berenson ably coordinated these responses toward the creation of an international organization that promoted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International was born.


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  • Andrea Parlangeli
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  1. 1.MilanItaly

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