Friday, January 20, 2012

PoliticsMyanmar: Political prisoners: Release includes gold list of opposition to régime

Financial Times (January13,2k11)

Myanmar frees dozens of political prisoners
Myanmar released dozens of high-profile political prisoners on Friday – including student leaders, monks, journalists and the former head of military intelligence – in the strongest sign yet of the nominally civilian government’s commitment to a programme of democratic reforms.

Those set free include key members of the 1988 student-led uprising against dictator General Ne Win such as Min Ko Naing, Nilar Thein and her husband Ko Jimmy, according to foreign diplomats in Myanmar and human rights campaigners. Also released were Khun Tun Oo, a Shan ethnic leader, U Gambira, a monk who helped organise the Saffron uprising in 2007 and Khin Nyunt, the former prime minister and head of military intelligence who was ousted in a 2004 coup. 

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