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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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.
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.
Heitzeg has also composed a piano solo for Leonard Peltier, an Amnesty International political prisoner of conscience (The piece is scored "for piano and handcuffs").
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.
What stands out in Aung San Suu Kyi's letters is an an attentiveness and concern for people, from a comedian imprisoned for making a joke that acknowledged popular support for the National League for Democracy (NLD) to U Hla Than, a prisoner of conscience who died in custody.
Amnesty International has even declared him a Prisoner of Conscience.
It was also in 1991 that Demet Demir, a Turkish transsexual woman, became the first person in the organization's history to be declared a prisoner of conscience due to persecution resulting from her sexual orientation.
At a press conference, Koryagin called for the establishment of an international tribunal to monitor psychiatric abuse worldwide and recounted his experiences as a prisoner of conscience.
The campaign "Their Freedom is their Right" puts the spotlight on a different Arab prisoner of conscience every month, to keep them from being forgotten.
government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, is a prisoner of conscience and that charges against her were trumped up to stop her corruption investigations.
If she is imprisoned on the basis of this conviction, Amnesty International will consider her a prisoner of conscience and campaign for the authorities in Bahrain to release her, along with her father Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and all the other prisoners of conscience languishing behind bars," said Boumedouha.
Javed Hashmi is a prisoner of conscience and he would continue to raise his voice in accordance with his conscience, Saad said.
Amnesty International has called Mejri the first prisoner of conscience in Tunisia following the uprising that ousted Ben Ali.
Mr Herbert has shown his concern about the prisoner of conscience; we also expected Mr Shakeel as a Pakistani should have been a prisoner of conscience.