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Govt to grant amnesty to political prisoners


The Myanmar government will form a committee to scrutinize the remaining political prisoners in the country with a view to granting them liberty soon, The New Light of Myanmar reported on February 7.
A crowd of supporters welcome political prisoners at Yangon airport, on Wednesday July 4, 2012. Photo: AFP
Soe Thein, the Minister of the President's Office, will act as chairman of the committee, which will be made up with members from government ministries, civil society organizations and political parties.

The move is the latest by the reformist government to move towards peace and stability in the nation.

Last November, the government released 452 prisoners as a token of goodwill to neighboring countries.

According to the latest AAPP figures, 218 political activists remain behind bars in Myanmar.
 
The Kachin’s last stand
Since October this year, Burma has been in a state of civil war, with fighting between Burmese military and armed ethnic rebels. The ruling junta started a crackdown on these armed groups.

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