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The gates of Insein Prison in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

Burma pardons political offenders

By Tue, Dec 31, 2013 9:41AM UTC Comments Off The gates of Insein Prison in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

Burma's reformist president granted a pardon Monday to people convicted of or charged with a variety of political offenses, an apparent effort to fulfill his pledge to free all political prisoners by the end of this year....

Burma’s president pardons 69 political prisoners

By Sat, Nov 16, 2013 3:41PM UTC Comments Off Kyaw Ne Win, left, a grandson of former dictator Gen. Ne Win, is welcomed by his younger brother Zwe Ne Win, right, as he arrived at their residence after he and his younger brother Aye Ne Win were released from Insein prison Friday. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president on Friday pardoned 69 political prisoners, including two grandsons of a former dictator, as part of a promise to free all such detainees by the end of the year. Most of those newly freed are members of ethnic minorities, said Ye Aung, who is on the government’s political prisoner...

Burma releases dozens of political prisoners

By Tue, Jul 23, 2013 6:22PM UTC Comments Off The gates of notorious Insein Prison in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president has pardoned at least 70 more political prisoners, just days after promising to free all who remain jailed by the end of the year. The release of political detainees in Burma has been a key concern of the United States and other Western nations. Around 200 were believed to...

Opinion: Obama must maintain pressure on Burma

By Mon, May 20, 2013 7:30PM UTC Comments Off U.S. President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

The White House welcomed ex-general Thein Sein on Monday as the first president of Burma to visit in roughly 47 years after the late Gen. Ne Win’s visit in 1966. Thein Sein has been attempting to improve diplomatic relations for Burma (also known as Myanmar) after decades of isolation from the US. Self-styled reformist President...

Burma leader frees prisoners ahead of US visit

By Sat, May 18, 2013 6:18PM UTC Comments Off Burma political prisoners who were released from Insein prison walk away from the facility Friday. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president has pardoned at least 20 political prisoners just ahead of a historic visit to the United States that will highlight the two sides’ improved relations brought about by the former pariah nation’s democratic reforms. State media reported Saturday that 23 prisoners were freed, though it did not call them...

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