Myanmar frees political prisoners while welcoming Obama Brandon Gatto at 3:25 PM ET
[JURIST] The government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] on Monday began releasing a number of political prisoners at the same time US President Barack Obama [official website] arrived for a historic visit to the former dictatorship. Specifically, 66 prisoners were to be freed [Reuters report] in conjunction with the first trip to the country made by any sitting US president. While two-thirds of the prisoners were merely political dissidents, the remaining third was supposedly composed of former military intelligence personnel. The prisoners' release comes less than a week after Myanmar announced that it had freed 452 others [JURIST report] on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture by the nation.
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