Welcome to the Prisoners of Conscience (PoC) Alumni Forum. This is a secure platform where PoC beneficiaries can share messages, thoughts and experiences.

The forum is a safe space to share information, promote integration into their societies, and to improve employment and study prospects. We would love to see people connect and learn from each other through a network of beneficiaries engaged in PoC’s work.

These “Terms of Use” (TOU) are the terms that apply to your use of the forum. We hope that these will help ensure that the community is valuable and safe and serves as a platform to share ideas and grow. The use of this forum is subject to these TOU, and by using the forum you are agreeing to these terms. Every forum user agrees to abide by these TOU and is responsible for any violations. You are not allowed to assist or engage with others in a way that would violate them. PoC will enforce and ensure compliance of these terms by using methods considered appropriate.

Access to the Forum

The forum is intended solely for the use of PoC beneficiaries. If you are a PoC beneficiary and would like to join the forum please contact us at info@prisonersofconscience.org and we will set up an account and send further details.

Your forum account is intended solely for personal use, and to enable you to connect with other beneficiaries. Users will have access to their own profiles, which can be edited and customised. The forum can be used to communicate with other beneficiaries privately or publicly.

Please choose a username which does not identify you or compromise your anonymity, if you wish to remain anonymous. You are not obliged to use your full name as your username or post your full name anywhere on the forum. These rules are to help protect you and others.

Your Code of Conduct

To help keep the forum a welcoming, supportive and caring place, Prisoners of Conscience have put together the following usage guidelines:

  • Acceptable use of the forum – you will use the forum for its intended purpose only. Your content should typically relate to your experiences as a prisoner of conscience, perhaps in exile, and integrating into the community, study and employment opportunities. 
  • Respect for others – Postings and private messages must not contain any material that is abusive, vulgar, obscene, hateful, fraudulent, unlawful, threatening or defamatory towards any person. Do not post or private message any material which may be discriminatory or cause offence on the grounds of an individual’s sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or working status.
  • Exchanging of information – the forum is meant for public discussion, so you are responsible for the use of any personal information disclosed by you to the forum by third parties. This means that private or personal information should not be exchanged within the forum.
  • Copyright and third-party rights – You agree that you will not post or private message any copyright material or intellectual property that is not your own without the express permission of the copyright or intellectual property holder.
  • Complaints – If you wish to make a complaint regarding a post or private message (i.e. that you think it is objectionable or in breach these terms of use) then please contact us on info@prisonersofconscience.org

Privacy Policy

When you register, we collect your username, email address, password (encrypted) and IP address. With your consent, we may also use your email address to send you information about our work. You can request an export of your personal data or delete your account by accessing the Settings page of your forum account profile.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Profile Data

When you register for the site, you may be asked to provide certain personal data for display on your profile. The “Name” field is required as well as public, and user profiles are visible to any site visitor. Other profile information may be required or optional, as configured by the site administrator.

User information provided during account registration can be modified or removed on the Profile > Edit panel. In most cases, users also have control over who is able to view a particular piece of profile content, limiting visibility on a field-by-field basis to friends, logged-in users, or administrators only. Site administrators can read and edit all profile data for all users.


This site records certain user actions, in the form of “activity” data. Activity includes updates and comments posted directly to activity streams, as well as descriptions of other actions performed while using the site, such as new friendships, newly joined groups, and profile updates.

The content of activity items obey the same privacy rules as the contexts in which the activity items are created. For example, activity updates created in a user’s profile is publicly visible, while activity items generated in a private group are visible only to members of that group. Site administrators can view all activity items, regardless of context.

Activity items may be deleted at any time by users who created them. Site administrators can edit all activity items.


The content of private messages is visible only to the sender and the recipients of the message. With the exception of site administrators, who can read all private messages, private message content is never visible to other users or site visitors. Site administrators may delete the content of any message.


We use a cookie to show success and failure messages to logged-in users, in response to certain actions, like joining a group. These cookies contain no personal data, and are deleted immediately after the next page load.

We use cookies on group, member, and activity directories to keep track of a user’s browsing preferences. These preferences include the last-selected values of the sort and filter dropdowns, as well as pagination information. These cookies contain no personal data, and are deleted after 24 hours.

For more information about how Prisoners of Conscience processes personal data, please see our privacy policy, available on our website.


Opinions posted or private messages on Prisoners of Conscience (PoC) Alumni Forum are those of the individual and in no way represent the view of PoC. We reserve the right to delete any message for any reason whatsoever at our sole discretion.



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