Definition of prisoner of conscience in English:

prisoner of conscience


  • A person who has been put in prison for holding political or religious views that are not tolerated in the state in which they live.

    • ‘A handful of resisters have made their protest public, and one received punishment harsh enough for Amnesty International to adopt him as a prisoner of conscience.’
    • ‘Approximately 65 political prisoners, including five prisoners of conscience detained since 1973, were released.’
    • ‘Gypsies, people with physical and mental disabilities, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, trade unionists, political opponents, prisoners of conscience, homosexuals and others were killed in vast numbers.’
    • ‘He has now spent more time in prison - stretching seven sentences - than any other Israeli conscientious objector and was recently designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.’
    • ‘She received numerous prestigious humanitarian and freedom-of-thought awards, and she was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.’
    • ‘Its report notes that scores of people were arrested as suspected political or religious opponents, or on political or religious grounds, including possible prisoners of conscience.’
    • ‘From time to time it initiates its own letter writing actions, as for instance just now in regard to the 22 prisoners of conscience in Wamena.’
    • ‘In the substantial endnote to the book of the project, she describes that each cell was dedicated to one Amnesty case and contained information on the prisoner of conscience as well as a pen and paper for the prospective visitor to use.’
    • ‘For a prisoner of conscience to feel free behind bars was too much for the prison employee.’
    • ‘Amnesty International has compiled records of 33 prisoners of conscience who have been detained for using the Internet to circulate or download information.’
    • ‘She was a prisoner of conscience, but her courage reached far beyond her containment.’
    • ‘As a prisoner of conscience who was just this past January 26 convicted for civil disobedience in the very same courtroom where King was convicted for civil disobedience, I am vividly aware of the need we have for good journalism.’
    • ‘They spread it around the world that Obie is a hero and a prisoner of conscience.’
    • ‘He said in the 1960s the main focus of campaign was for the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.’
    • ‘The London-based human rights organisation Amnesty International, in its 2002 report, said that scores of political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, have been arrested.’
    • ‘In January 2003 Human Rights Watch reported 7,000 prisoners of conscience in Uzbek jails.’
    • ‘A number of foreign countries and organizations regard Peltier as a prisoner of conscience.’
    • ‘In February 1987, the regime announced its readiness to release all prisoners of conscience.’
    • ‘Rossendale campaigners have helped secure the release of a prisoner of conscience from a notorious Tibetan prison.’
    • ‘During his incarceration as a prisoner of conscience, Shcharansky's stature in the West grew.’


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