Burma releases dozens of political prisoners

April 27, 2013
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RANGOON, Burma – The reformist government of President Thein Sein on Tuesday (April 23rd) pardoned dozens of political prisoners, a day after the EU agreed to end almost all sanctions against Burma, local media reported.

At least 59 political prisoners were included in the latest amnesty, Bo Kyi, of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), told AFP.

While rights groups like his welcomed the move, he said, not all cases have been addressed.

"More than 200 political prisoners are still in prison. Political prisoners should be recognised as political prisoners and be released unconditionally," he said.

After long denying their existence, Burma began freeing hundreds of political detainees after Thein Sein took office two years ago. Last November, the government announced a review of all politically-related cases.

The exact number released Tuesday remains unclear. On his Facebook page, President's Office spokesman Ye Htut said a total of 93 people were released, according to Radio Free Asia.

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