52 political prisoners released in amnesty


52 political prisoners released in amnesty

Myanmar Times, 22 Jan 2016

More than 50 political prisoners, including one New Zealander, have walked free from prisons across Myanmar today, in a presidential amnesty for over 100 inmates.

“As far as we know, 52 political prisoners [have been released] from prisons in Mandalay, Tuangoo, Insein, Hpa-an, Myitkyina and Putao,” the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - Burma (AAPPB) chair U Bo Kyi said.

U Zaw Htay, director of the president’s office, said President U Thein Sein had pardoned 102 prisoners following requests of many organizations. He said the president was working for the future of the country.

U Bo Kyi said while today’s release is a step in the right direction, there are still 409 political cases in the pipeline with 114 behind bars awaiting trial.