Light in the Dungeon

October 1977
National Review;10/28/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 42, p1221
The article focuses on Amnesty International, an organization founded in 1961 which opposes torture and capricious detention of nonviolent political prisoners. The organization has received the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 1977. Since it was established, it has intervened on behalf of dissidents in the Soviet Union, East Germany, and Cuba, and it was the first organization to expose the true nature of Soviet psychiatry. But the organization has committed some mistakes too, such as in 1972, they sent an observer to the trial of convict Daniel Ellsberg. Amnesty investigates both left and non-left governments but its zeal in exposing the sins of the latter is disproportionate.


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