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...
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...
YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president pardoned 93 prisoners, including at least 59 political detainees, a day after the European Union lifted sanctions against the Southeast Asian nation. The pardon was announced on state television Tuesday amid renewed calls for President Thein Sein’s government to release hundreds more political prisoners still believed to be behind...
YANGON, Burma (AP) — Activists in Burma are welcoming the release of nearly 90 political prisoners as part of a larger government amnesty but say they are disappointed that hundreds remain behind bars. The opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday it had confirmation that at least 87 political detainees were among the...
YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s reformist government granted amnesties for at least 20 political prisoners, but opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for the release of all of the hundreds more still behind bars. Zaw Thet Htwe, who monitors prisoner releases for the opposition, said more than 20 of 46 detainees granted amnesties on...
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