prisoner of conscience

noun phrase

: someone who is held in prison because of his or her political or religious beliefs

Examples of prisoner of conscience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2021, with the U.S. and other governments calling for his release. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 16 Feb. 2024 The film delves into the theme of departure and aging as the globally renowned playwright is seen adding a new role – that of film director – to his past credits as prisoner of conscience, statesman and national reformer. Will Tizard, Variety, 25 Oct. 2023 Historians and human rights activists, however, said that for decades, with Mr. Mandela languishing as a prisoner of conscience, Mr. Buthelezi amplified his power with devious stratagems. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2023 Historians and human rights activists, however, said that for decades, as Mandela languished as a prisoner of conscience, Buthelezi amplified his power with devious stratagems. Robert D. McFadden, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023

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“Prisoner of conscience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prisoner%20of%20conscience. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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