Prisoners of Conscience
Jubilee Campaign works to secure the release of, or improve prison conditions for, religious prisoners of conscience. RPOCs, according to definition by USCIRF, are “individuals who are imprisoned, detained, under house arrest, or disappeared for their religious beliefs, non-belief, identity, activity and/or advocacy for FoRB related rights, provided that they have not used or advocated violence.” Jubilee Campaign takes initiative by visiting congressional offices and asking Congress men and women to advocate on behalf of specific prisoners. Through our coordinated efforts with USCIRF and other non-profits and NGOs, we have made tremendous progress, including the release of Pastor Youcef in Iran and Asia Bibi in Pakistan. We also work to release human rights defenders such as Gao Zhisheng and Chen Guangcheng of China, Fr. Van Ly of Vietnam, and many others who are in prison or otherwise denied their basic human rights.