Amnesty may be granted for certain categories of political prisoners, but not others. After a political purge, an abortive or successful coup d'Etat, or other major act which threatens to overthrow the current political regime, many possible suspects (almost anyone who could have been connected with the event) may be detained. The least suspect among them may be granted amnesty but the leaders may remain in detention awaiting trial. Although a qualified amnesty may mean that these leaders receive trial sooner than they would have done otherwise, since amnesty is usually only granted in response to public or international protest, certain prisoners may be reclassified under muted-down classifications so that they can be kept in detention.
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The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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