Myanmar’s new Govt. on Friday released the scores of jailed activists, just over a week after assuming power. It also claimed that it was preparing to pardon over 98 more people who’re serving sentences for the political offences.
The step by Aung San Suu Kyi, whose post as a state counsellor makes her Myanmar’s de facto head of the state, was saluted by Washington & the human rights groups.
Many of the Suu Kyi’s supporters & the members of her National League for Democracy party were political captives under the junta that conceded power in 2011 after almost 50 years of the military rule. The new govt. was sworn in on 30th March 30 after NLD cleared a general election in Nov.
Suu Kyi said on Thursday that freeing the remaining political hostages was a top priority. It was vague if the military supported the moves.
69 student activists & the supporters had the charges that were against them dismissed and they were released from jail Tharrawaddy, north of Yangon, said a spokesperson for Suu Kyi’s office, Zaw Htay,
The Students & relatives hugged & some even waved the NLD flags after their release.
Numerous of them were imprisoned during a ferocious police diaspora of the student protests in March, last year.
U.S. State Department stated in a daily news briefing that the steps showed a “commitment to human rights” and it was ready to assist Myanmar with more democratic reforms.
Amnesty International celebrated the release & called on the Govt. to free the remaining prisoners of conscience & repeal laws that it said powered the arbitrary arrests.
Amnesty said at least 5 student leaders opposing the charges remained in detention.
The on the loose activists were among the 414 people facing radical charges in Myanmar, said the head of rights monitor of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Bo Kyi.. The release leaves 47 on custody in jail & another 298 on bail while facing the charges.
Suu Kyi stated that she wants a reconciliation Govt. & to dodge reproaches over military’s brutal rule of the country. Nevertheless, tensions simmered between the NLD & military over the part of immensely popular Suu Kyi in the Govt.