prisoner of conscience

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prisoner of conscience

Someone imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs or actions associated therewith. The winner of the Nobel prize was a prisoner of conscience for nearly 12 years, whose writing in that time helped bring an end to legal discrimination against his religion. The two prisoners of conscience were arrested for using social media to condemn the actions of the dictatorship.
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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Javed Hashmi is a prisoner of conscience and he would continue to raise his voice in accordance with his conscience, Saad said.
He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally," said Amnesty's Said Boumedouha.
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.
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.
The sources said the defendant claimed that he was a prisoner of conscience and posed as a reformist only to cover his terrorist actions and his connections to Al-Qaeda.
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.
HUMAN rights campaigners held a vigil in Rugby town centre on Saturday to mark the 50th birthday of a prisoner of conscience.
Pasko was sentenced by a military court in Vladivostok to three years in prison on a lesser charge--abuse of his official position--but was freed presumably in response to public pressure by international journalist organizations and Amnesty International, which declared him a prisoner of conscience.
The 1,508 prisoners included former North Korean agent Woo Yong Gak, 71, who has been in jail as a prisoner of conscience for what is considered a world record 41 years.
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