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Dance in ChainsImprisonment in the Modern World$
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Padraic Kenney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199375745

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199375745.001.0001

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“How to Free Your Prisoner”

“How to Free Your Prisoner”

The Personal and the Political of International Prisoner Support

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Dance in Chains

Padraic Kenney

Oxford University Press

Though political prisoners are almost always incarcerated for national causes, they became the focus of international support in the twentieth century. The earliest attention was from diaspora communities of supporters, for example, among the Irish or among socialists. The International Committee of the Red Cross began with a focus on prisoners of war, expanding to political prisoners after World War I. The New York–based International Committee for Political Prisoners pioneered a nonpartisan approach to political prisoners. Like Amnesty International forty years later, it was an advocate for those who did not engage in violence. New kinds of prisoner assistance in the late twentieth century proved to be building blocks of post-transition civil society.

Keywords:   prisoners of war, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Committee for Political Prisoners, Red Help, Amnesty International, prisoner of conscience, Solidarity, International Defence and Aid Fund, Detainees’ Parents Support Committee

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