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September 12, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
The Polish government said Thursday that it will release by Monday all political prisoners in a sweeping amnesty that covers senior jailed activists of the outlawed Solidarity union and other opposition activists. The state news agency PAP said Interior Minister Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak announced the amnesty for the country's 225 political prisoners and said the action was "guided by the fact that security of the state has stabilized."
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November 19, 1988 | From Reuters
A Soviet official said Friday that 52 people remain in prison or exile for offenses regarded by the West as political but that their cases are all under review. Vadim V. Zagladin, an adviser to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, said at a joint news conference with U.S. congressmen that under new legislation, the offenses most were charged with "will no longer be considered as crimes." His figures appeared to mark a move toward Western estimates of Soviet political prisoners.
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June 16, 1998 | From Associated Press
This nation's new military leader, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, on Monday ordered the release of nine of its most prominent political prisoners--including a former head of state, union leaders and pro-democracy activists. However, the country's best-known political detainee, Moshood Abiola, apparent winner of 1993's nullified presidential election, was not listed among those to be freed. The prisoners have been held in jails across the West African nation.
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November 20, 1988 | United Press International
The Sandinista government released 25 political prisoners Saturday in a move that an opposition leader said showed "flexibility" in compliance with the Central American peace accords. The prisoners, mainly opposition leaders, were among 38 who had been held since police forcefully broke up a July 10 demonstration in Nandaime, about 40 miles southeast of Managua. The 25 were ordered freed by a regional appeals court in Grenada.
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August 16, 1987 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Student demonstrators confronted police in a steady rain Saturday night, the third time in a week that anti-government forces have rallied to revive the flagging issue of political prisoners. After two hours of speeches and chants at a downtown park, about 3,000 students pushed onto a major street, unfurling political banners and stopping cars.
WORLD
October 22, 2009 | Reuters
A day after his surprise release from prison, Cuban dissident Nelson Aguiar urged the government Wednesday to free all political prisoners and said he was at one point held in "Stone Age" conditions during his six years behind bars. Aguiar, 64, said he was stunned that he was out of jail because he still had years to go on a 13-year sentence handed out in a 2003 government crackdown on dissidents. Aguiar was one of 75 government opponents arrested and jailed in what became known as the Black Spring of 2003.
NEWS
June 30, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
The South Korean government, bowing to domestic and international criticism, today released a new group of political prisoners, including the recipient of a prestigious human rights award. At the same time, President Roh Tae Woo warned against the "destructive activities" of dissidents--an apparent reference to a wave of student violence earlier this month--and said any attempt to disrupt the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul in September "must be squashed."
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April 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Robert A. K. Runcie, archbishop of Canterbury, offered an Easter prayer for prisoners of conscience and thanked people for praying for hostage negotiator Terry Waite. In his Easter sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, Runcie praised Waite, his special envoy, who vanished Jan. 20 in Beirut while trying to negotiate the release of Western hostages in Lebanon. "He took risks to keep open doors of communication, to break down walls of misunderstanding, to seek the release of prisoners.
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