December 17, 2016

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President grants amnesty to 83 prisoners

Student activists celebrate outside the prison after being released by the government’s general amnesty in Yangon, on 17 April, 2016. Photo: Reuters
Student activists celebrate outside the prison after being released by the government’s general amnesty in Yangon, on 17 April, 2016. Photo: Reuters

THE government has released 83 prisoners as part of its commitment to national reconciliation, according to an announcement released by the Office of the State Counsellor.
President U Htin Kyaw granted a general amnesty to 75 men and eight women from 25 correctional facilities  on 16 April; they were released on New Year’s Day.
The amnesty came eight days after the Office of the State Counsellor hinted at the release of more prisoners of conscience and political activists. The office issued an announcement on 7 April, vowing its continued efforts to free political prisoners, political activists and students on trial. The announcement was followed by a release of 161 men, 36 women and two children on 8 April.
According to official statistics, 11 men and five women were released from Insein Correctional Facility, seven men from Pyi Correctional Facility, five men from Pakokku Correctional Facility, seven men from Zinkyaik Correctional Facility, four men from Mandalay Correctional Facility and two women from Htonebo Correctional Facility.—Myanmar News Agency

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