July 05, 2017

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More steps to be taken for release of political prisoners, detained students

Former prisoners demand the release of political prisoners, detained students. Photo: Kyaw Swa Myint Facebook
Former prisoners demand the release of political prisoners, detained students. Photo: Kyaw Swa Myint Facebook

More efforts will be made to secure the release of political prisoners and detained students, announced the Former Political Prisoners Association yesterday. “We will make wide strides in our commitment to getting all political prisoners and detained students released unconditionally,” said U Tun Kyi, the secretary of the Association. “The unconditional release of all political prisoners is a step toward ensuring national reconciliation,” added the secretary.
According to the society, around 100 political prisoners still remain behind bars, while about 420 political activists and students are still on trial.  “We will not put pressure on the new government to release political prisoners as the government already said the issue is a top priority, and it is seeking avenues for their release,” said U Tin Maung Oo, a member of the Association. “I believe the new government will bring good news of great joy for all the people soon,” he added. About 1,500 political prisoners were released across the country during the period from 2011 to 2015 through amnesties granted by the former government.—Min Thit

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