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  1. Whether or not Amnesty International can be charged with bias.
  2. Amnesty International began as a volunteer movement of the 1960s.
  3. It is Amnesty International's goal to remain unbiased and neutral on political issues.
  4. Amnesty International's demonstration of its independence.
  5. The NGO Monitor.

?Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person,? states the third article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted this declaration in 1948. The members of the Non-Governmental organization, Amnesty International, campaign worldwide for the rights named in the declaration and work to protect them. The members of this organization carry out their work by researching issues of human rights violations and publicizing their findings through news media, detailed reports, and advertisements. Amnesty International began in 1961 London as a volunteer movement and is still made up of volunteer activists regardless of their background or religious and political views. These members work to protect the rights of people while remaining neutral on the views of the victims it sets out to protect. Although various world media accuses Amnesty International of bias in its selective coverage, political persuasion, and ideological beliefs, this organization protects human rights by remaining independent from any government, party, or religion

[...] This tour was also for the purpose of introducing the idea of Amnesty International's work of basic Human Rights protection to people worldwide through the influence of the media. With Art for Amnesty's latest project, ?Make Some Noise?[10], Amnesty International offers exclusive music and videos from internationally renowned artists to raise money for their work and to encourage a new generation to make an impact in human rights. Despite Amnesty International's demonstration of its independence, much of the world's media persists in accusing Amnesty International of bias in their work. [...]


[...] Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press Plaut, Steven. "Amnesty International- Not a Reliable Source Front Page Magazine (2003), http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=8141. (Accessed February 2007). The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language ed. Houghton Mifflin Company "Universal Declaration of Human Rights." December 10, 1948.http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html (accessed February 2007). The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language ed. Houghton Mifflin Company Donnelly, Jack. "Human Rights at the United Nations 1955-1985: The Question of Bias." International Studies Quarterly 32, no (1988): 275- [...]

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