Burma frees political prisoners after EU lifts sanctions
London: Burmahas freed at least 56 political prisoners after the EU decision to lift the last of its sanctions.
Rights groups have welcomed the latest round of prisoner releases.
Bo Kyi of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), however, pointed out that still over 200political prisoners are in prison.
According to BBC, one of the freed activists, Zaw Moe, said that Burmese service that the releases were linked to the EU move.
The report pointed out that the latest amnesty could also be linked to the onset of the Burmese New Year.
In a separate development, the government has announced an expansion in the teaching of ethnic languages, the report said.
Pupils in thousands of government schools will now be able to learn their native tongue as a second language, it added.
Up until now they have been compelled to learn English as a second language in addition to Burmese.
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