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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Amnesty International, Stamp Day and Bowling special stamps from Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Post has issued three stamps commemorating the important events from the social life of the country.

The first stamp is dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Amnesty International. Amnesty International is a movement dedicated to human rights of which independence and impartiality are fundamental principles. Amnesty International takes action to improve the lives of people by calling for international solidarity. Its members exert influence on governments, political authorities, and intergovernmental organizations. The association includes more than 2.8 million members in more than 150 countries and regions. Luxembourg has 4,000 members and donors of Amnesty International. The mission of Amnesty consists of conducting research and taking action to prevent and stop serious attacks on civil, political, social, cultural, and economic rights.

The second stamp celebrates 75 Years of Stamp Day. It was Hans von Rudolphi, an eminent German philatelist, who in support of a joint exhibition with Hungary in 1927 proposed to the Congress of German philatelists in Dantzig an annual commemoration of Stamp Day. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg celebrated the first Stamp Day on 23 April 1939. The second commemoration took place on 17 March 1940, just before the invasion of the Grand Duchy by Nazi troops. After the liberation, the 4th Stamp Day was organized in Luxembourg on 30 September 1945. This year the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the creation of Stamp Day in Luxembourg will take place from 14 to 16 October in Wiltz. It is being organized by the SOPHIA Philatelic Circle of Wiltz.

The third stamp was issued to celebrate 50 Years of Bowling Federation. Formed on 13 July 1961, and now including almost 4,000 nine pin bowlers, the Bowling Federation is crowning 50 years of success marked by the winning of the world championship and the European championship at the team level as well as the individual level. The history of the federation, which includes not only its sporting achievements but also its cultural goals and social integration, will be covered in a 50th anniversary book. The stamp underlines the historical importance of bowling and recognizes the efforts supported by the Luxembourg Federation of Bowling.