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Former prisoner 'owes life' to Amnesty International

The human rights organisation Amnesty International is marking the 50th anniversary of its foundation.

The group was started after a newspaper article published on 28 May 1961 called for collective action on behalf of those unjustly imprisoned around the world.

Among the many prisoners to benefit from Amnesty's campaigns over the past five decades was Uruguayan Maria Gillespie.

She told Alan Johnston - himself a former hostage - how the organisation rescued her from prison and torture when she was 15 years old.

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