Former Laureates

Amnesty Interntaional

Amnesty Interntaional

1976

Amnesty International, established in London in 1961, promotes the cause of freedom of conscience and of expression throughout the world, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International aims to give legal, moral and material support to non-violent individuals who are deprived of their freedom or exposed to persecution on the grounds of their political or religious convictions, race or nationality. The organisation is independent of all governments, political parties, ideologies and beliefs. Amnesty International conducts research and acts in order to prevent and end violations of the right of physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience, expression and discrimination. The organisation devotes itself to the principle of fair trial by impartial courts of justice. It participated in drawing up the anti-torture convention of the UN in 1984. Having grown in the 1970s, the organisation was able to pay attention not only to prisoners, but also to disappearances and the violation of human rights in general. Amnesty International is based on the humanist tradition in which human dignity and the value of the individual take the central place. Amnesty International was awarded the Erasmus Prize for its fight for human rights based on this basic principle.

The Erasmus Prize in the field of law was shared between Amnesty International and René David, a scholar in the field of comparative law.
Amnesty International used the Erasmus Prize money for computer registration of their ever-growing documentation files.