By Datta Dharmadhikari
Iceland—a small island country from Europe is honouring Amnesty International on its 100 G. stamp on 15th September, 2011. Amnesty International is an international organization fighting for human rights all around the world. Amnesty was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a British lawyer. The organization is concerned with human rights regardless of politics, religious matters or ideology. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. The emblem for Amniesty which was designed by Diana Redhouse is based on a candle encircled in barbed wire. The origin of Amnesty can be traced to Mr. Benenson’s campaign for human rights in connection with the imprisonment of Portuguese students that had been arrested for protesting against the infringement of political freedom. In the sixties UNESCO granted Amnesty International a consultative status and since then Amnesty has worked closely with the united Nations.