Yangon: Activists in Myanmar are welcoming the release of nearly 90 political prisoners as part of a larger government amnesty but say they are disappointed that hundreds remain behind bars.
The opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday it had confirmation that at least 87 political detainees were among the 514 prisoners granted amnesty yesterday.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) called for the unconditional release of an estimated 350 prisoners of conscience still jailed.
The government of President Thein Sein has made freedom for political prisoners a centerpiece of its reform policies.
But rights groups accuse Thein Sein of using political prisoners as bargaining chips, noting that the announcement came just before his trip to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly.