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Amnesty in Myanmar: dozens of political prisoners freed including the actor Zarganar
The measure is expected to cover at least 300 prisoners of conscience. So far 70 released. Among them Shin Gambira, one of the monks who lead the Saffron Revolution in 2007. AsiaNews sources: government decision linked to attempts to remove sanctions and obtain ASEAN presidency in 2014.
Burmese govt frees more political prisoners as Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to run for office
The step, which will take effect in the next few days, follows an amnesty in October that saw the release of 200 people jailed for “crimes of opinion”. Opposition leader could run in an upcoming by-election. Forty seats must be filled. Soon, her party will decide whether to register.
Win Tin’s story, 7,000 days in a Burmese prison
Journalist and co-founder of the National League for Democracy, Win Tin spent 19 years in prison, 12 under isolation. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday. In a book, he says Myanmar is prison. In 1989, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison for anti-government propaganda.
Prison for anyone handing out leaflets during referendum campaign
Military regime adopts law that sets the terms for next May’s constitutional referendum. Members of religious orders, whatever their religion, are barred from taking part so are political prisoners.
Burmese President pardons 56 political prisoners
The release coincides with the start of the ASEAN summit and a new series of interviews with representatives of the Kachin ethnic group . Thein Sein intends to reach a peace agreement to gain further international credibility . Head of state promises release of all prisoners of conscience by the end of year.
Burmese government creates commission for the release of political prisoners
Presence of "prisoners of conscience" recognized for the first time in the country. The group will be led by an adviser to the president and made up of members of government, civil society and the party. Burmese activist warns that there are still 380 prisoners in the jails and the concept of "political prisoner" can diverge between government and civil society.
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