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.
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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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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.
the group of defectors -- which includes former military and eyewitnesses to slave labor operations, political prison camps and similar activities -- will share new information, release photographs and discuss their ideas for bringing about change in North Korea.
The more draconian steps include the use of political prison camps, or kwanliso, rather than regular detention facilities, as places of confinement.
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.
Kirby said the team's findings, based on testimony from hundreds of victims, defectors and witnesses, were unequivocal, and demanded closure of political prison camps believed to hold up to 120,000 people.
In North Korea, thousands of people were held in political prison camps despite not having committed any crime, and were subjected to harsh conditions.
Shin Dong-hyuk: I was born in a political prison camp in North Korea.
In her statement, Pillay said at least 200,000 people were believed to be interned in North Korea's 'elaborate network' of political prison camps, and that survivors of the camps whom she had spoken to 'described a system that represented the very antithesis of international human rights norms'.
In response, North Korea insists that the political prison camps do not exist and that "there can be no human rights problem in their people centered socialism.
And I just raced through the new Escape from Camp 14, the story of the only person born in one of North Koreas political prison camps who is known to have escaped.
Mian Iftikhar maintained that he loved literature very much adding that when he was in jail as political prison, he wrote two afsanas namely "Pansy" and "Sur Saikal" which depicted his love for literature.