Myanmar begins release of political prisoners Jaimie Cremeans at 2:14 PM ET
[JURIST] Myanmar released over 130 political prisoners [AI report] Friday following announcement by the Burma State Media of a presidential pardon that will free a total of 651 prisoners. Among those released were Hitay Kywe and U Gambira, leaders of a 2007 revolt, Min Ko Naing, student leader of a 1988 protest, and former prime minister Khin Nyunt. In a statement [text] through his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon "commends the Myanmar leadership for this important development and hopes that all those released will now be able to freely contribute to the process of national reconciliation, as well as to the strengthening of democracy and the rule of law within Myanmar."
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