Myanmar Frees Prominent Political Prisoners


Salon Staff
January 13, 2012 9:36AM (UTC)

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has freed several prominent political prisoners, which has been a key condition set by Western countries for easing sanctions against the country.

Myanmar authorities freed the prisoners Friday as part of a presidential pardon for 651 detainees. Relatives and supporters of activists and ethnic minority politicians confirmed their release.

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Myanmar state radio and television announced said that the 651 detainees were being freed to take part in "nation-building."

Those freed included Min Ko Naing, a nearly legendary student leader from Myanmar's failed 1988 pro-democracy uprising.

The prisoner release is the latest in a flurry of reforms by the new, nominally civilian government that is seeking international legitimacy through democratic reforms after years of military repression.

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