Originally, Amnesty International started as a reaction to the brutality of European dictatorships.
In 1960, two Portuguese students toast to the freedom of a restaurant. The regime of Portugal's dictator Salazar gave the students a seven-year sentence for the incident. Freedom bowls are, as is known, serious issues.
Salazar's right-wing extreme regime did not fall until 1974. But already in 1961, Amnesty saw the light of day, after British lawyer Peter Benenson wrote to Salazar and objected to the absurd verdict.
Today – after Europe has got rid of most of its many and long-lasting dictatorships – it is easy to get the impression of human rights violations on these corners of the world is a non-European and un-Norwegian phenomenon.
All the more necessary, therefore, is Amnesty International's latest campaign here in the country: the fight against the extensive violence against women in Norway.
In early September, Amnesty presented the organization's first ever report on Norwegian offenses. And the result was disappointing: The surveys show that more than one in four women in Norway have been exposed to violence in the couple relationship. Nine percent of women in relationships have experienced life-threatening violence.
The frequent media reports about violence or murder in Norwegian every week show that these are very real numbers and threats.
Nevertheless, 95 percent of Norway's municipalities have none. . .
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