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Myanmar frees hundreds of political prisoners under pressure from ASEAN

Sameer gupta

Local media reported that the Myanmar military government has released hundreds of political prisoners from the infamous Insein Prison, including Aung San Suu Kyi's party spokeswoman and the famous comedian Zargana.

minutes after military ruler Min Aung Hlaing's October 18 speech, state television was humane under pardon that more than 5,600 people had been arrested or wanted to play a role in the opposition to the coup. Announced that he will be released for a reason.

This liberation was carried out by some activists as a ruling military ploy to restore its international reputation after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took the rare step of expelling Military Junta from the summit. Explained.

UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews welcomed his release on Twitter, but said they were "outrageous" in their arrest.

"Military junta releases Myanmar political prisoners not because of change of mind, but because of pressure," he said.

Military junta has released prisoners several times since the February coup.

Monywa Aung Shin was arrested on February 1 and sentenced to eight months in prison. 4,444 photos and videos posted on social media showed that the prisoner had reunited with his crying family.

Other images show a line of buses exiting the back door of the prison, with passengers leaning out of the window and waving to the outside crowd.

A spokesman for the Myanmar Prison Bureau and a spokesman for the military junta could not comment immediately. 4,444 other political prisoners, including parliamentarians and journalists, were released on Monday in other cities such as Mandalay, Lacio, Matilla, and Miake.

However, according to local media Democratic Voice of Burma, 11 of the 38 released from Metilla Prison in central Myanmar were arrested again. Reuters was unable to validate this information on its own.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup that ended a decade of hesitant democracy and economic reforms. According to activists and the United Nations, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a human rights group that recorded killings and arrests, killed more than 1,100 security forces and arrested more than 9,000, including Suu Kyi.


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