Political Prisoners Around the World

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A political prisoner as stated in the website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_prisoner declares, “A political prisoner may be someone held in prison or otherwise detained, perhaps under house arrest, because their ideas or image are deemed by a government to either challenge or threaten the authority of the state. Typically, the imprisonment of people on political grounds is done under extrajudicial processes, where the veneer of legality and terminology are used to disguise the fact that an individual is a political prisoner. False or exaggerated criminal charges may have been used to imprison the political prisoner, or he or she may have been denied bail unfairly, denied parole when it would reasonably have been given to another prisoner, or special powers may be invoked by the judiciary. Who is or is not regarded as a political prisoner may depends upon one’s own subjective political perspective.” So it is pretty much a man or woman with differentiating beliefs than their governments, and thus put into prison unjustly. It is stated in the website http://www.freefreenow.org/pps.html that “There are over 150 political prisoners and prisoners of war in the United States at this time as well as countless politicized individuals and social prisoners resisting their captors…” That is a high number of people to be in prison it not taking into effect the current war, since the last war the United States was in was desert storm, if that even qualifies. Now the question comes who it is that’s imprisoned, and if they were fairly treated while being sentenced. The first person that’ll be discussed is a Chinese political prisoner by the name of Lu Decheng, who served a sentence of nine years for the tossing of dye on a portrait of Mao Zedong during a protest by thousands of students in the Tiananmen Square in May 1989. This man is not alone though, as stated by John Kamm, director of the San Francisco-based Dui Hua Foundation, “There are at...
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