Constance Markievicz, 1868 - 1927
During the Easter Rising of 1916 Constance fought with the Stephen's Green garrison, which held out for six days before they surrendered to British forces. She and her comrades were taken to Dublin Castle, then Constance was transported to Kilmainham Gaol where she was placed in solitary confinement. At her court martial Constance pleaded guilty to having attempted "to cause disaffection among the civil population of His Majesty". She told the court "I went out to fight for Ireland's freedom and it does not matter what happens to me. I did what I thought was right and I stand by it." Constance was sentenced to death, which was commuted to life in prison based "solely and only on account of her sex". She was transferred to Mountjoy Prison, then Aylesbury Prison, before being released in 1917 after an amnesty was granted to those who participated in the uprising. Constance was jailed again in 1918 after taking part in anti-conscription protests, but later that same year became the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons. From 1919 to 1922 Constance served as the Minister for Labour for the revolutionary government of the Irish Republic. She was the first female Irish cabinet minister and the only one until 1979. Around 1923 Constance was imprisoned for her radical views, but was released a month later when she and 92 other female prisoners undertook a hunger strike. Constance died of complications from appendicitis in 1927 at 59 years old.
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At 6 years old in 1995, Gedhun Choekyi became the youngest political prisoner in the world.
Reason for his arrest? He was recognized as Panchen Lama, one of the highest spiritual heads of Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was just 6 years old when he was recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama, one of #Tibet 's most important religious leaders. Just after Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family were taken into custody by the Chinese authorities and he has not been seen since.
On the eve of his 30th birthday, a forensic artist has produced a reconstruction of how he may look as a 30 year old. The image was painstakingly constructed in consultation with Tibetans and using exhaustive informations on how Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, Tibet's Panchen Lama could look today.
BBC One show revealed the image in a broadcast on 23th April. Now we need to use the image to take action to help free Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, Tibet's Panchen Lama.
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