Burma: New president releases over 8,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty

OVER 8,000 prisoners are to be freed in Burma (Myanmar) after the newly appointed president granted an amnesty on Tuesday in a bid to “bring peace and pleasure to people’s heart.” The presidential pardon, signed by newly-elected President Win Myint, was granted to 8,490 Burmese citizens and 51 foreigners. It also includes a reported 36 political prisoners as a sign of good will and to attract humanitarian support. It did not specify when the amnesty would take place. “To bring peace and pleasure to people’s heart, and for the sake of humanitarian support, 8,490 prisoners from respective prisons will be given the pardon,” the Presidential Office said in a statement on their Facebook page. SEE ALSO: Burma: UN, Britain call for immediate release of Reuters journalists Read more at  The amnesty only covered prisoners who had already been convicted of crimes, meaning two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo,...


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