Australia Post has issued a distinctive 60 cent yellow and black stamp depicting Amnesty International's handheld candle entwined in barbwire to commemorate the human rights organisation's 50th anniversary.
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is the largest member-based human rights organisation in the world, made up of more than three million ordinary people in over 150 countries. The primary objective of Amnesty International is to campaign for the international recognition, respect and protection of human rights.
A charity funded largely by its members and public donations, Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. This means it is free to criticise any government's human rights record without fear or favour and is able to retain a reputation of impartiality and transparency.
In 1977 Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having "contributed to securing the ground for freedom, for justice, and thereby also for peace in the world".