Prisoners for Peace

Sending cards and letters

In writing your cards, think about what you would like to receive if you were in prison. Here are some guidelines that will help you write your letters:

  • Remember to send your card in an envelope;
  • Include a return name and address on the envelope;
  • Be chatty and creative: send photos from your life or drawings;
  • Let the prisoners know what you are doing to stop war and war preparations;
  • Avoid writing anything that might get the prisoner into trouble;
  • Try not to begin your correspondence with "You are so brave, I could never do what you have done";
  • Remember that the prisoner may not be able to reply;
  • Remember-next year it could be you ...

Note: We have been unable to obtain the full address for all prisoners. Please write to those with a complete address. If a prisoner's number is given, include this with the address. Thank you.

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Prisoners for Peace

Azerbaijan

16 Apr 2014

Forcibly conscripted on October 10, 2013. Sentenced in April 2014 to one year in a disciplinary unit of the military for his refusal of military service.

Was transferred to a disciplinary battalion in Salyan, Azerbaijan as of December 2014.

Sentenced for a second time to 1 year and 22 days in a punitive military battalion on 6 May 2015, and his appeal was refused.

30 Sep 2014 29 Mar 2017

Conscientious objector in Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally unrecognised entity. Although within Azerbaijan it is closely aligned with Armenia.

30 month prison sentence for refusing military service.

Eritrea

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

24 Sep 1994
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

9 May 2001
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jun 2003
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2004
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Feb 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

27 Dec 2005
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2006
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2007
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Jan 2007
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. Imprisoned some time in 2007 - the exact date is not known.

26 Aug 2008
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

26 Aug 2008
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

1 Mar 2009
Meitir Camp

Meitir

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. Detained some time in March 2009.

13 May 2013
Sawa Camp

Sawa
Eritrea

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.

26 May 2014

Jehovah's Witness. Imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service. However, he has not yet been charged with any offence.

Finland

30 Aug 2016 8 Dec 2016

Otto Absetz was sentenced to ”home detention” for 173 days already in March 2014. He was charged for "refusal of civilian service" (siviilipalveluksesta kieltäytyminen) and sentenced by Eastern Uusimaa district court (Itä-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus).

He started to serve his sentence in August 2014. However, the implementation of the sentence was interrupted by the prison authorities in November 2014 because he had ”breached the conditions of home detention”.

A new trial was held and Otto was sentenced to serve the undone part of the sentence (99 days) in prison, which he began on 30th August 2016.

Korea, South

17 Dec 2014 17 Dec 2016
Busan Detention Center

Box 58 P.O. Sasangucheguk Sasang-gu Busan, 617-737

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

15 May 2015 14 Nov 2016
Jinjoo Prison

Jinjoo P.O. Box 68, Jinjoo si, Gyeongnam, South Korea, 52684

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

30 Jun 2015 29 Dec 2016
Uijeongbu prison

P.O. Box 99, Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea, 480-700

Conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing military service.

Singapore

12 Jul 2013 12 Oct 2016
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second detention.

16 Aug 2013 16 Nov 2016
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

16 Aug 2013 16 Nov 2016
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

11 Sep 2013 11 Nov 2016
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

2 Nov 2013 2 Feb 2017
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

11 May 2014 11 Aug 2017
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

11 May 2014 11 Aug 2017
Armed Forces Detention Barracks

402 Lorong Kebasi (Mowbray Rd), 688791, Singapore

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for 39 months. Second term in prison.

Turkmenistan

18 Nov 2014
Seydi Labour Camp

Turkmenistan
746222 Lebap vilayet
Seydi
uchr. LB-K/12

Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector.

He has not yet been tried (as of 3 November 2015).

United States of America

26 Apr 2000 26 Apr 2022
FMC Devens

FMC Devens, Federal Medical Center, P.O. Box 879, Ayer, MA 01432, USA

22 years for convictions resulting from providing humanitarian and financial aid to Iraqis in violation of U.S. sanctions.

15 May 2010 20 Aug 2048
Fort Leavenworth

1300 NORTH WAREHOUSE ROAD
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS 66027-2304

35 years imprisonment for espionage and theft, espionage and other charges.

1 Aug 2011 31 Aug 2018
SCI Dallas

SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd., Dallas, PA 18612, USA

Sentenced for third trespass at military recruiting office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Serving one to seven years - 31/08/2018 is the last release date.