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Myanmar junta says 1,600 prisoners to be freed in holiday amnesty

Myanmar Insein Prison

Reuters Relatives of hundreds of prisoners gathered outside Myanmar’s Insein Prison on Sunday after the military government announced the release of 1,600 prisoners in an amnesty to mark the South-East Asian nation’s new year. The number of prisoners released in the annual amnesty was a fraction of last year’s 23,000. It was unclear whether it […]

Joy and scepticism as Myanmar frees hundreds held since coup

Myanmar Yangon Insein prison families

Reuters Myanmar freed more than 2,000 detainees on Wednesday, among them journalists and others who the ruling military said had been held on incitement charges for taking part in protests, local media reported. The release was described by some activists as a ploy by the ruling military to divert attention from an ongoing security crackdown. […]