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Myanmar rights body calls for general amnesty

Last Updated: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 16:00

Yangon: Myanmar`s state-run media says a
government-appointed human rights body has appealed to the
President to release prisoners who are not a threat to

Myanmar`s three state-owned newspapers today ran the
appeal by National Human Rights Commission chairman Win Mra
calling on President Thein Sein to issue a general amnesty.

Publication of the appeal is significant because the
newspapers closely reflect government positions.
However, previous such calls for a general amnesty have
not resulted in a full release of inmates who are considered
political prisoners.

Kyi Kyi Nyunt says she will believe rumors of a general
amnesty only once her brother, former student leader Min Ko
Naing, comes home. He is serving a 65-year prison term.


First Published: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 16:00
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