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Website of the Week for February 13, 2006

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

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Amnesty International USA, 

Amnesty International USA is the US Section of Amnesty International, a Nobel Prize winning activist organization founded in 1961 and "concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights" as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other documents. In pursuit of this mission, "Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights."

On the website learn about:

  • topics addressed by Amnesty, including background information, ideas on how to become involved, and a statement of the human rights goals. Topics include: children, the death penalty, prisoners of conscience, and torture.
  • annual reports on human rights conditions in 150 countries
  • recent news
  • blogs on topics including, the death penalty, torture, and violence against women
  • membership information and ideas on becoming active in your local community

Amnesty International USA's National Lawyers' Conference will be held at University of Washington School of Law Feb. 17-18, 2006. The topic is: Fulfilling the Legacy: International Justice 60 Years After Nuremberg,

  • Gallagher Law Library has a unique collection of transcripts and documents from the trials of World War II war criminals before the International Military Tribunal and the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals in the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg (1945-1949). Look for a display of these materials just outside the Library.
  • Two Washington judges were selected as judges in the US Nuremberg Military Tribunals, Walter B. Beals (UW School of Law, Class of 1901)(the "Doctor's Trial") and William J. Wilkins (the "Krupp Trial").
2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington