Myanmar may release scores of political prisoners this month to fulfil a promise by its reformist president to free prisoners of conscience by the end of this year, a member of a state-appointed panel said on Wednesday.
President Thein Sein on Tuesday travelled to Myanmar`s conflict-torn west as a new spate of sectarian violence gripped the state of Rakhine, with police saying Buddhist rioters killed a 94-year-old Muslim woman and torched more than 70 homes.
Senior monks in Myanmar on Friday appealed for peace following a surge in religious bloodshed in the former junta-ruled nation, in a joint statement that stopped short of condemning a wave of anti-Muslim attacks.
Myanmar`s president has pardoned at least 20 political prisoners just ahead of a historic visit to the US that will highlight the two sides` improved relations brought about by the former nation`s democratic reforms.
Ahead of Myanmar President Thein Sein`s landmark visit to the US next week, a powerful American lawmaker on Friday introduced a legislation in the Congress to renew sanctions on the South East Asian nation.