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Amnesty International urges Burma to release political prisoners

Amnesty International urges Burma to release political prisoners

INTERNATIONAL human rights NGO Amnesty International has pushed for Burma’s (Myanmar’s) incoming government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), to break the cycle of political repression and release its political prisoners.

In its latest report, “New Expression Meets Old Repression“, the organization has appealed for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners still behind bars when the NLD-led government, headed by President-elect Htin Kyaw, comes into office on April 1.

Amnesty International’s Southeast Asia Director Champa Patel said that Burma’s legal framework “reads like a textbook of repression”, adding that authorities have in recent years increasingly used it to quell dissent. Read more

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