Wednesday, May 28, 2008

On May 28

On this day in ...
... 1952, all adult women in Greece secured the right to vote in national elections; they would cast their 1st votes in parliamentary elections 4 years later. Though some women in Greece (flag at left) had been able to vote since 1934, suffrage had been limited to those who were literate and over 30 years of age.
... 1961, British attorney Peter Benenson published an essay entitled "The Forgotten Prisoners" in England's Observer. His account of prisoners of conscience -- in his words, "the several million people" who were "being imprisoned, tortured or executed because [their] opinions or religion are unacceptable to [their] government" -- led to the launching in Belgium next year of the nongovernmental organization Amnesty International.

1 comment:

Diane Marie Amann said...

Coincidentally, today AI released its annual report on countries' compliance (or not) with human rights norms. News story is here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/05/27/human.rights.report/index.html; full report is here: http://report2008.amnesty.org/press-area/en/air08-en-low-res.pdf