Political Prisoners

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As you read this, thousands of men, women, and even children are in prisons around the world, not because they have committed violence, theft, or broken drug laws, but because they spoke against their government. They are political prisoners: in some cases, they did not even intend to cross their nations' leaders-they just happened to get in the way of schemes of which they were not even aware.

This book tells many stories of political prisoners, both past and present. Some of ...

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As you read this, thousands of men, women, and even children are in prisons around the world, not because they have committed violence, theft, or broken drug laws, but because they spoke against their government. They are political prisoners: in some cases, they did not even intend to cross their nations' leaders-they just happened to get in the way of schemes of which they were not even aware.

This book tells many stories of political prisoners, both past and present. Some of them have become leaders in their countries, like Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel. Some have "disappeared" and may no longer be alive, like sixteen-year-old Panchen Lama. Many of these political prisoners are people of tremendous courage and inner strength, like Wei Jingsheng, Leyla Zana, and Aung San Suu Kyi. An imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi has urged the world, "Please use your liberty to promote ours." The true accounts of political prisoners in this book are both heartrending and inspiring: every informed citizen of our world should know about them.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Political Imprisonment     9
Political Prisoners Who Shaped World History     21
Political Prisoners Under Fascism and Communism     33
Prominent Political Prisoners of the Twenty-First Century     49
Political Prisoners in the United States?     73
The Struggle for Freedom Continues     93
Glossary     104
Further Reading     105
For More Information     106
Bibliography     107
Index     108
Picture Credits     110
Biographies     111
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