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.
- 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!
Kosh Corrective Labour Colony, Kosh
Nubarashen - 2 Prison, Nubarashen, Yerevan
Artik Corrective Labour Colony, Artik
prison address not known
All are Jehovah's Witnesses.
Yuri I Bendazhevsky
Prison Minsk, ul Kavarijskaya 36, PO Box 36 K, Minsk
Chernobyl researcher and whistleblower fraudulently convicted of corruption
Helsingin työsiirtola, PL 36, 01531 Vantaa
Turun tutkintavankila, avo-osasto, PL 55, 20251 Turku
Satakunnan vankila/Huittisten osasto, PL 42, 32701 Huittinen
Iskolan avovankila, PL 2, 74345 Kalliosuo
Ashkelon Prison, Ashkelon, Israel
Nuclear whistleblower convicted of espionage and treason - kidnapped on 30 September 1986 in Italy
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.
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
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.
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
Adana 6. Kolordu Askeri Cezaevi, Adana, TurkeyConscientious objector, who turned CO after serving part of his military service. He presented himself on 24 October and is now imprisoned, awaiting trial.
prison address not known
Turkmenbashi labour colony Respublika
Turkmenistan, BPT - 5,p/p V.S. g. Turkmenbashi
Both are Jehovah's Witnesses.
Charles Booker-Hirsch #90962-020
FCI McKean, P.O. Box 8000, Bradford, PA 16701
Joanna Cohen #90962-020
Federal Prison Camp Phoenix, 37930 N 45th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85086
Kenneth F Crowley #90963-020
Federal Prison Camp Beaumont, PO Box 26010, Beaumont, TX 77720
Susan Daniels #90964-020
Nancy Gowen #90969-020
Abigail Miller #90692-020
Kathleen Boylan #20047-016
Federal Prison Camp Alderson, Box A, Alderson, WV 24910
Mary Dean #90965-020
Kathleen Desautels #90966-020
Kate Fontanazza #90967-020
Federal Prison Camp Greenville, PO Box 6000, Greenville, IL 62246
Toni Flynn #90960-020
Jerry Zawada #4995-045
Crisp County Jail, 196 South Highway 300, Cordele, GA 31015
Chantilly Geigle #90968-020
Federal Prison Camp Dublin, 5775 8th Street, Camp Paks, Dublin, CA 94568
Peter Gelderloos #90688-202
FCI Cumberland, 14601 Burbridge Road, SE, Cumberland, MD 21502-8771
John Heid #13815-016
Federal Prison Camp Schuylkill, Camp 2, Range B, PO Box 670, Minersville, PA 17954-0670
Eric Johnson #90971-020 MB2
FCI Manchester, PO Box 3000, Manchester, KY 40962
Janice Sevre-Duszynska #91104-020
FMC Lexington, 3301 Leestown Road, Lexington, KY 40511
Niklan Jones-Lezama #0203593
Sherburne County Jail,13880 Highway 10NW, Elkriver, MN 55330-4609
Rae Kramer #91069-020
FCI Danbury, Route 37, Danbury, CT 06811
Palmer Legare #91097-020
FMC Devens PO Box 879, Devens, MA 01432
Tom Mahedy #91098-020
FCI Fort Dix, PO Box 38, Fort Dix, NJ 08640
Bill O'Donell #85713-011
Atwater USP, PO Box 01900, Atwater, CA 95301
Michaele Pasquale #91102-020
Federal Prison Camp Allenwood, PO Box 1000, Montgomery, PA 17752
Richard M. Ring #91099-020
Federal Prison Camp Lewisburg, PO Box 2000, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Michael Sobol #91105-020
FCI Engelwood, 9595 w Qincy Ave, Littleton, CO 80123
Fr. Louise Vitale #25803-048
address not known
All these prisoners took part in an action at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning in September 2002.