Lived: Jul 31, 1921 – Feb 25, 2005 (age 83)
Spouse: Susan Booth · Margaret Anderson
Founded: Amnesty International
Education: Eton College · University of Oxford · Balliol College
Parents: Flora Solomon (Mother)Highlights
- 1957: He was one of a group of British lawyers who founded JUSTICE in 1957, the UK-based human rights and law reform organisation.
- 1958: In 1958, he fell ill and moved to Italy to convalesce.
- 1961: To co-ordinate such letter-writing campaigns, Amnesty International was founded in London in July 1961 at a meeting of Benenson and six other men, who included a Conservative, a Liberal and a Labour MP.
- 1964: Initially appointed general secretary of AI, Benenson stood down in 1964 owing to ill health.
- 2001: Benenson refused all honours but in his 80s, largely to please his family, he accepted the Pride of Britain Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2001.
- 2005: He died of pneumonia on 25 February 2005 at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, aged 83, having been a resident of the nearby village of Nuneham Courtenay.
Amnesty International Sections, 2012
(1961) ‘The Forgotten Prisoners’ shines a light for human rights.
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