Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Myanmar: 14,600 Pardons!

Myanmar frees 14,600 prisoners. YANGON: Myanmar is releasing more than 14,600 prisoners under a clemency programme that will include very few of the country's 2,000 plus "political prisoners." For this reason, Human Rights Watch calls the proigramme "pathetic." Prison Department Director General Zaw Win said most of the convicts, including 2,166 women, would be freed Tuesday from jails around the country. Death sentences will be commuted to life in prison and other sentences will be reduced by a single year. See story here.

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