A Record for Repression

A Record for Repression

Its aim is to secure freedom for all "prisoners of conscience." In that, Amnesty International is still fighting an uphill global battle, even though its 700,000 members in 150 countries do help make the world more aware of the prisoners. In its 1988 annual report, the London-based organization last week pointed to repression of one kind or another in 135 countries, the highest number since it began tracking such offenses 27 years ago. The 278-page report concludes that in at least half of the world's countries, "people are locked away for speaking their minds," and in at least one-third, "men, women...

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