The Special International Tribunal on the Human Rights Violations of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the United States was held in New York City from the 7th to the 10th of December, 1990. The Tribunal examined the situation of the national liberation movements of the New African, Native American and Puerto Rican sectors. Sponsored by a wide coalition of over 88 organizations from the civic, religious, anti-imperialist, labor and national liberation sectors, the Tribunal considered the US government's conduct ironic: as the U.S. government proclaims itself to be a defender of human rights in the world, demanding the freedom of political prisoners in other countries, it forcefully denies the existence of over 100 Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War within its own prisons by claiming they are "terrorists".

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