Burma has abolished one of the most authoritarian laws used by previous military regimes to silence political opponents, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.
On Saturday a friendly football match between former political prisoners and artists was held at Aung San Stadium in Rangoon. The game was organised for Peace Day.
“There are still political prisoners behind bars despite the election of a civilian government,” said Ashin Sandar Thiri, a spokesman for the monks.
Some 20,000 convicts toil in prison labour camps across the country, where they face abuse, exploitation and forced labour, a Myanmar Now investigation finds.
Gambira, one of the leaders of the 2007 Saffron Revolution, has been released from prison today after charges against him for alleged offenses committed in 2012 are dropped.
The case highlights the limits of control that Suu Kyi’s government, elected in November on pledges of democratization, has over the government where the military plays an outsized political role.