Prisoners for Peace Honour Roll 2002

How the list works

  • First are prisoners' names (in bold), followed by their sentence (normally in international yyyy/mm/dd format), then their place of imprisonment -- prisoners held in the same location for the same reason are grouped together -- and, finally the reason for their detention (in italics).
  • Information about countries where prisoners have had their sentences suspended, or where sentences have been served or completed during the year are also given in brief explanatory paragraphs.

Action

  • On 1 December, put aside at least one hour and write at least four cards to prisoners;
  • Get your peace group or class or meeting place to organise a card-writing session;
  • Set up a stall in your town centre, perform street theatre, or do whatever else it takes to attract attention and interest.

Sending cards and letters

  • Always send your card in an envelope;
  • Include a return name and address on the envelope;
  • Be chatty and creative: send photos from your life, drawings;
  • Tell prisoners what you are doing to stop war and war preparations;
  • Don't write anything that might get the prisoner into trouble;
  • Think about the sort of thing you'd like to receive if you were in prison;
  • Don't begin, "You are so brave, I could never do what you have done";
  • Don't expect the prisoner to reply;
  • Remember-next year it could be you...

Support our future work

For 45 years, War Resisters' International has publicised the names and stories of prisoners of conscience. Help keep up the tradition:

  • Send in a special PfP donation to WRI to help fund next year's research
  • Give a Peace News subscription to a prisoner on the list (or provide us with the name and address of someone not on our list).

Your outreach to prisoners does make a difference. Show your solidarity!


Armenia

Amayak Karapetyan
2000/11/03-2003/05/02
Armen Yeghiazaryan
2001/03/30-2004/03/29
Artashes Atoyan
2001/12/03-2003/12/02
Araik Sargsyan
2001/12/12-2003/12/11
Armen Vardanyan
2002/01/17-2004/01/16
Spartek Sargsyan
2002/01/23-2004/07/22
Rafael Alaverdyan
2002/01/30-2004/01/29
Araik Bagdasaryan
2002/02/01-2004/07/31
Vardan Torosyan
2002/02/01-2004/07/31
Yerem Kh'lkhatyan
2002/02/26-2004/02/25
Karen Ambartsumyan
2002/03/12-2003/09/11
Andrey Alaverdyan
2002/03/15-2005/03/14
Abgar Minasyan
2002/03/25-2003/03/24
Arman Avetisyan
2002/04/09-2004/04/08
Hovannes Serobyan
2002/04/17-2004/04/16
Gagik Gevirkyan
2002/04/25-2004/04/24
Ambartsum Nersisyan
2002/04/30-2004/04/29
Kosh Corrective Labour Colony, Kosh

Armen Alikhanyan
2002/04/29-2003/10/28
Vanadzor Prison

Saak Oganesyan
2002/06/02 -
Sarkis Oganesyan
2002/06/02 -
Zhirayr Sukiasyan
2006/03/02 -
Nubarashen Prison

Henrik Hovinikyan
2002/01/14-2004/07/30
Nubarashen - 2 Prison, Nubarashen, Yerevan

Vahan Mkroyan
2000/12/12-2003/12/20
Artik Corrective Labour Colony, Artik

Artur Kazaryan
2002/09/18-2003/09/17
Hratch Tatoyan
2002/08/15-2004/08/14
Vagan Bayatyan
2002/10/29-2004/04/29
prison address not known

All are Jehovah's Witnesses.

Belarus

Yuri I Bendazhevsky
2001/06/01-2009/06/01
Prison Minsk, ul Kavarijskaya 36, PO Box 36 K, Minsk
Chernobyl researcher and whistleblower fraudulently convicted of corruption

Finland

Oskar Lindman
2002/07/31-2003/02/17
Helsingin työsiirtola, PL 36, 01531 Vantaa

Janne Kuusisto
2002/05/06-2002/11/23
Turun tutkintavankila, avo-osasto, PL 55, 20251 Turku

Heikki Ulmanen
(2002/09/30-2003/04/17)
Satakunnan vankila/Huittisten osasto, PL 42, 32701 Huittinen

Toni Rautiainen
(2002/06/26-2002/12/22)
Iskolan avovankila, PL 2, 74345 Kalliosuo

Israel

Mordechai Vanunu
1986/09/30-2004/09/29
Ashkelon Prison, Ashkelon, Israel
Nuclear whistleblower convicted of espionage and treason - kidnapped on 30 September 1986 in Italy

Salman Salameh
2002/09/04 -
Military Prison No4, Military Postal Number 02507, IDF, Israel
Charged with desertion, awaiting trial. Druze conscientious objector.

In Israel conscientious objectors are imprisoned on an almost daily basis. Most of them serve prison term of 28 days, some several such prison terms in a row. Check the WRI website (http://wri-irg.org) for updates.

Puerto Rico

Pedro Colón Almendes #22192-069
one year - out 2003/01/03
MDC Guaynabo POB 2147, San Juan, PR 00922-2147
Following a brief and minor scuffle during an anti-ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) protest at University of Puerto Rico, 2001/04/30, Almenas was convicted of aggravated assault.

Cacimiar Zenon Encarnación
Pedro Zenon Encarnción
Regaladon Miro Corcino
All three are awaiting trial on 2 November 2002
Trespass on Vieques bombing range in Puerto Rico in September 2002

Russia

Grigory Pasko
2001/12/25-2005/12/25
SIZO IZ - 25/1, Partisanskij Prospekt 28b, 690106 Vladivostock, Russia
Russian military journalist convicted of high treason for reporting on nuclear waste dumping by Russian fleet, already served 20 months awaiting original trial.

South Korea

In South Korea, more than 1,200 Jehovah's Witnesses are imprisoned because of their conscientious objection to military service. They usually get prison sentences of three years.

More recently non-religious COs started to organize themselves. 12 students declared their conscientious objection publicly in September 2002.

Turkey

Mehmet Bal
24/10/02 -
Adana 6. Kolordu Askeri Cezaevi, Adana, Turkey
Conscientious objector, who turned CO after serving part of his military service. He presented himself on 24 October and is now imprisoned, awaiting trial.

Turkmenistan

Nikolai Shelekhov
2002/07/02-2004/01/01
prison address not known

Kurban Zakirov
1999/04/23-2008/04/22
Turkmenbashi labour colony Respublika
Turkmenistan, BPT - 5,p/p V.S. g. Turkmenbashi

Both are Jehovah's Witnesses.

USA

Charles Booker-Hirsch #90962-020
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
FCI McKean, P.O. Box 8000, Bradford, PA 16701

Joanna Cohen #90962-020
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
Federal Prison Camp Phoenix, 37930 N 45th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85086

Kenneth F Crowley #90963-020
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
Federal Prison Camp Beaumont, PO Box 26010, Beaumont, TX 77720

Susan Daniels #90964-020
2002/09/10-2002/10/12
Nancy Gowen #90969-020
2002/09/10-2002/10/12
Abigail Miller #90692-020
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
Kathleen Boylan #20047-016
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
Federal Prison Camp Alderson, Box A, Alderson, WV 24910

Mary Dean #90965-020
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
Kathleen Desautels #90966-020
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
Kate Fontanazza #90967-020
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
Federal Prison Camp Greenville, PO Box 6000, Greenville, IL 62246

Toni Flynn #90960-020
2002/07/12-2003/01/01
Jerry Zawada #4995-045
2002/07/12-2003/01/12
Crisp County Jail, 196 South Highway 300, Cordele, GA 31015

Chantilly Geigle #90968-020
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
Federal Prison Camp Dublin, 5775 8th Street, Camp Paks, Dublin, CA 94568

Peter Gelderloos #90688-202
2002/07/12-2003/01/12
FCI Cumberland, 14601 Burbridge Road, SE, Cumberland, MD 21502-8771

John Heid #13815-016
2002/09/10-2003/04/10
Federal Prison Camp Schuylkill, Camp 2, Range B, PO Box 670, Minersville, PA 17954-0670

Eric Johnson #90971-020 MB2
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
FCI Manchester, PO Box 3000, Manchester, KY 40962

Janice Sevre-Duszynska #91104-020
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
FMC Lexington, 3301 Leestown Road, Lexington, KY 40511

Niklan Jones-Lezama #0203593
2002/09/12-2003/03/12
Sherburne County Jail,13880 Highway 10NW, Elkriver, MN 55330-4609

Rae Kramer #91069-020
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
FCI Danbury, Route 37, Danbury, CT 06811

Palmer Legare #91097-020
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
FMC Devens PO Box 879, Devens, MA 01432

Tom Mahedy #91098-020
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
FCI Fort Dix, PO Box 38, Fort Dix, NJ 08640

Bill O'Donell #85713-011
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
Atwater USP, PO Box 01900, Atwater, CA 95301

Michaele Pasquale #91102-020
2002/09/10-2003/03/10
Federal Prison Camp Allenwood, PO Box 1000, Montgomery, PA 17752

Richard M. Ring #91099-020
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
Federal Prison Camp Lewisburg, PO Box 2000, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Michael Sobol #91105-020
2002/09/10-2002/12/10
FCI Engelwood, 9595 w Qincy Ave, Littleton, CO 80123

Fr. Louise Vitale #25803-048
2002/10/02-2003/01/02
address not known

All these prisoners took part in an action at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning in September 2002.