Burmese junta announces amnesty for more than 6,300 prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar [Burma] – On Tuesday the Burmese authorities announced  that 6,359 prisoners would be released as part of an amnesty measure, but it was not known how many political prisoners were among them.

Many expect the release of part of some 2,000 political prisoners in the country as part of easing taken since the Burmese junta has officially handed over power to a civilian government backed by the army.

On Wednesday radio and state television announced that 6359 would be released from  as part of a humanitarian amnesty decided by the president Thein Sein for inmates aged, disabled, sick or those who have demonstrated a good “moral behavior”.

“We welcome the announcement of the amnesty. This is great news and we hope that political prisoners will be part of those released,” said Nyan Win, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD), the movement of Burmese opposition leader and Nobel peace Aung San Suu Kyi.

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