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February 22, 2009

Myanmar junta announces amnesty as UN rights official wraps up visit
Myanmar’s military government announced an amnesty on Friday for more than 6,000 prisoners but did not say whether any political detainees would be released.

State radio and television announced that 6,313 convicts from various prisons would be released starting Saturday in recognition of their good conduct. In recent months, the junta’s courts have jailed more than 100 dissidents, including some of the country’s most prominent activists, adding to what human rights groups estimate are more than 2,100 political prisoners.

The move comes a day after UN human rights rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana concluded a six-day visit to the country. Opposition leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy are not expected to benefit from the amnesty.











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