political prisoner

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political prisoner

A person who has been imprisoned, detained, or otherwise isolated for involvement in political activity.

political prisoner

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) someone imprisoned for holding, expressing, or acting in accord with particular political beliefs

polit′ical pris′oner

a person who is imprisoned because of political beliefs or offenses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.political prisoner - someone who is imprisoned because of their political viewspolitical prisoner - someone who is imprisoned because of their political views
captive, prisoner - a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
سجين سياسي
politický vězeň
politikai fogoly
pólitískur fangi
politický väzeň
siyasi tutuklu


(ˈpolitiks) noun singular or plural
the science or business of, or ideas about, or affairs concerning, government.
poˈlitical adjective
of, or concerning, politics. for political reasons; political studies.
poˈlitically adverb
poˌlitically corˈrect adjective
(also PC) (of language or behaviour) that does not offend particular groups of people. It is politically correct to use `he or she', and not just `he', when you mean a man or a woman.
ˌpoliˈtician (-ˈtiʃən) noun
a person whose job is politics; a member of parliament.
political asylum
protection given by a government to a foreigner who has left his own country for political reasons.
political prisoner
a person who has been imprisoned for political reasons and not for any crime.
political ˈscience noun
a field of study dealing with politics, government and other political institutions.
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The cold stone monstrosity was once the Stasi's main political prison.
It has built a reputation for being Iran's political prison.
It continued using it as a political prison during the Vietnam War, gaining international notoriety after a US congressional delegation discovered shocking conditions at the prison in 1970 and images of prisoners in 'tiger cages' were published in Life magazine.
He said the reported five secret political prison camps serve as "a powerful instrument of control.
Political prison camps are run by the secret police and North Korea denies their existence.
The North Koreans imprison and torture as many as 200,000 men, women, and children in political prison camps and prohibit any dissenters from speaking out against the regime.
Reshoudi, who is now 79, shared a prison cell with Toaili'e in 2012 at al-Ha'ir political prison, south of Riyadh.
We join our fellow members of the Security Council in expressing our deep concern over the DPRK's deplorable human rights violations such as those involving extrajudicial killings, disappearances, arbitrary arrest, rape and other forms of sexual violence, forced labor, forced abortions, torture and the detention of an estimated 80,000-120,000 political prisoners in a network of political prison camps," he said.
It is estimated that between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners are currently detained in four large political prison camps.
When she herself is locked up and briefly experiences the macabre conditions of a communist political prison, her husband's party connections are put to work and she is freed.
From Saudi Arabia, the political prison story is rendered in Turki al-Hamad's Al-Karadeeb.
Shin Dong-hyuk is one of the most prominent defectors from North Korea whose account of torture and escape from a political prison camp gripped international investigators examining the North's human rights conditions.