Prisoners of conscience and the ˜disappeared" suffer a denial of basic human rights. The right to a fair trial and to be free from arbitrary arrest and detention, the right to freedom of religious belief and freedom of opinion and expression are all necessary within a modern democracy, and yet are all too often denied to individuals around the world today. Students can explore these issues in a simple way by reading and reflecting upon the award-winning story A Long Way to Cherry Time. The questions can be raised as discussion points whilst reading the text. Alternatively, pupils can write answers to all questions after having read the story. The activities, which ask pupils to reflect more closely on their feelings and values, include opportunities for discussion, poetry writing and role-play.