prisoner of conscience

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prisoner of conscience

Someone imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs or other ideologies or actions associated therewith. Arrested for using social media to condemn the actions of the dictator, they are now prisoners of conscience.
See also: conscience, of, prisoner

prisoner of conscience

a person detained or imprisoned because of their religious or political beliefs.
This phrase is particularly associated with the campaigns of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization.
See also: conscience, of, prisoner
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By political prisoner, one means a prisoner of conscience, one taken in detention for his/her belief that contradicts the status quo.
"Now, she's considered internationally as a prisoner of conscience because the charges against her were trumped up," the president said.
Summary: Male [Maldives], May 11 (ANI): Amnesty International on Friday called on the Maldivian government to release Galolhu-South constituency Member of Parliament and Joint Opposition spokesperson Ahmed Mahloof and declared him a Prisoner of Conscience (PoC).
A prisoner of conscience is someone arrested for their political or religious beliefs and backgrounds.
Javed Hashmi is a prisoner of conscience and he would continue to raise his voice in accordance with his conscience, Saad said.
Al Wefaq considered Barweez a prisoner of conscience because the accusation -of "inciting hatred of the regime"- he is facing is related to his work in human rights.
Amnesty International declared her a prisoner of conscience and quickly launched a global appeal demanding her release.
"Ahmed Qatamesh is a prisoner of conscience who is being detained solely for expressing non-violent political beliefs," said Amnesty International's Ann Harrison, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program, in a statement AI issued on April 25 after the military court had sentenced Qatamesh for four months in administrative detention, his sixth since his arrest.
Authorities in Cuba must release Cuban journalist Calixto Martinez, imprisoned for reporting on issues seen by the authorities as "controversial", said Amnesty International, as it named him a prisoner of conscience, reports Caribbean360.com (Feb.
The Sutton group adopted Myo Min Zaw as a Prisoner of Conscience in 2007 and has campaigned for his release, sending letters to the Myanmar authorities on a regular basis.
The projects which contributed to the award included Burma Wall - a representation of political prisoners in the country, and Burma Path - made up of 2,155 bricks, each representing a prisoner of conscience held in a Burmese jail.
They said the accused was claiming to be a prisoner of conscience, while in fact he was a terrorist.
Amnesty International considered him a prisoner of conscience solely detained for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and has campaigned for his release.
No one can be safe in a country where a mayor who refuses to issue a gay pride proclamation, or a publisher who reproduces a cartoon that some Muslims find offensive, could end up in jail as a prisoner of conscience.
So countries that make concessions or release a prisoner of conscience do not lose face and are more willing to cooperate with the committee.
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