Myanmar military junta grants amnesty to over 9,700 prisoners on Independence Day

Bangkok, Jan 4 (EFE).- Myanmar’s military government has announced amnesty for over 9,700 prisoners on the 76th Independence Day, local news portal Khit Thit Media reported on Thursday.

These include 114 foreign prisoners who will be deported, the authorities said.

However, the government has not specified whether the amnesty includes political prisoners, a group that exceeds 19,000.

Prisoner amnesties are frequently declared during national celebrations, with over 2,000 political prisoners released during a Buddhist holiday in May last year.

Myanmar’s military government, led by Min Aung Hlaing, who seized power in a coup in February 2021, remains isolated from the international community.

The United Nations and the European Union have consistently urged the release of all political prisoners and an end to violence in the country.

However, some countries including Russia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Belarus, greeted Min Aung Hlaing on the Independence Day, the information ministry said in a statement.

The military coup plunged Myanmar into a deep political, social, and economic crisis and has opened a spiral of violence with new militias that have exacerbated the guerrilla war the country has been facing for decades.

Over 4,200 people, including pro-democracy activists, have died in to military repression while 19,930 have been detained by the junta since February 2021, according to the local NGO Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP).

Myanmar became independent from the United Kingdom on Jan. 4, 1948, and has been mired in ethnic conflict ever since.


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