Standing firm against political detention

The discussion was part of the Summit for Democracy, convened virtually to advance strategies for protecting human rights and to counter corruption and authoritarianism around the world.

“When countries hold political prisoners, they create climates of fear and self-censorship, and they stifle political participation,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the panel. “That’s why it’s important that all countries stand firmly against the detention of political prisoners — no matter where they’re held — and work together to free them.”

More than 1 million political prisoners are held in 65 countries worldwide, Blinken said. They include students, activists, journalists, and opposition leaders,[…]

Author: 21st Century Library & Information Technology Network [Information & Knowledge Dissemination Platform By Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional at Hawassa University, Ethiopia]

Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional @ Hawassa University, , Sidama Region, Ethiopia

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