Toast to freedom

50 years of Amnesty International
50 years of Amnesty International

Wirksworth and District Amnesty International celebrated the organisation’s 50th anniversary with a toast to freedom.

More than 25 supporters attended an informal gathering in Wirksworth where they raised a glass and reflected on the group’s achievements.

Chairman Paul Webb said: “Amnesty International, founded 50 years ago by one man outraged at the imprisonment of two Portuguese students for merely toasting freedom, has grown to a worldwide organisation of over three million members in 150 countries.

“Today there are global actions focusing on the death penalty, freedom of expression, international justice and stopping corporate abuse. And that’s something we felt was worthy of a toast.”