Myanmar activists say 87 political prisoners freed
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.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- How will Sonowal's govt solve problem of illegal Bangladeshi migration in Assam?
- How will Sonowal's govt solve the problem of illegal Bangladeshi migration in Assam - Part II
- How will Sonowal's govt solve the problem of illegal Bangladeshi migration in Assam? - Part III
- How will Sonowal's govt solve the problem of illegal Bangladeshi migration in Assam? - Part IV
- Batla House encounter: Congress under scrutiny as new IS video emerges
- 'China wants to extend its Nepal rail link to India'
- Senate panel conditions $300 mn aid to Pakistan for action on Haqqani
- IPL 2016: Kolkata Knight Riders take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Eliminator - Preview
- Asaduddin Owaisi vs common man: High-voltage verbal spat over Akbaruddin Owaisi's comments against Hindus
- Gaya road rage: Bail plea of Rocky Yadav's father Bindi Yadav rejected