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Myanmar frees 69 political prisoners

YANGON: Myanmar released 69 political prisoners on Friday in an amnesty the government described as an act of “loving kindness” in line with President Thein Sein’s promise to free all prisoners of conscience by year-end.
The amnesty was one of at least a dozen the reformist, quasi-civilian government has granted since taking over in March 2011 from a military leadership.
It also cuts by almost half the number of prisoners that non-governmental group the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Myanmar (AAPP) estimates were held in Myanmar.
A statement from Thein Sein’s office said the amnesty was decided to enable prisoners to “contribute in nation-building after realizing the loving kindness and goodwill of the state.”