NLD govt has released 457 political prisoners

NLD govt has released 457 political prisoners

Since assuming office at the end of March, the National League for Democracy (NLD) government has released 457 individuals facing trial for political activity.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Tin Myint, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, said 274 political cases were closed in the first 100 days since the new government was sworn in.

Within days of taking office, the NLD government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, secured the release of 69 individuals detained and standing trial for their involvement in education reform protests that took place in 2015.

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According to the July 2016 report by Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Burma, a Thailand-based NGO, 118 prisoners of conscience remain incarcerated in Burma, with 83 of them serving prison sentences and 35 awaiting trial. In addition, 167 people are awaiting trial but are not being held in prison.

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