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Burma Frees At Least 183 Dissidents, Rights Groups Say Not Enough

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s main opposition group says the government has released at least 183 jailed dissidents in its latest gesture of political reform, but rights groups criticized the move as insufficient. The National League for Democracy said some of the dissidents freed Wednesday are party members, but the exact number was unclear because of difficulties in contacting […]

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Burmese Prison Release Includes Dozens of Political Prisoners

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Human rights and Burmese opposition groups say more than 100 political prisoners have been released as part of a mass amnesty affecting thousands of inmates. Among the most prominent of those freed Wednesday was a popular comedian named Zarganar , who angered the government by criticizing its response to a deadly cyclone in 2008. Rights […]

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Burmese Prison Release Includes Dozens of Political Prisoners

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition and human rights groups say the government released dozens of political prisoners Wednesday, including a popular comedian. Members of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy said the organization has identified more than 100 political prisoners who were included in a mass amnesty covering thousands of criminals. Among those freed was comedian Zarganar , […]

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Burmese Prison Release Includes Dozens of Political Prisoners

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition and human rights groups say the government released dozens of political prisoners Wednesday, including a famous monk and a popular comedian. Members of the opposition National League for Democracy said the organization has identified more than 100 political prisoners who were included in a mass amnesty covering thousands of criminals. NLD leader Aung […]

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Burmese Prison Release Includes Dozens of Political Prisoners

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition and human rights groups say the government released dozens of political prisoners Wednesday, including a famous monk and a popular comedian. Members of the opposition National League for Democracy said the organization has identified more than 100 political prisoners who were included in a mass amnesty covering thousands of criminals. Reuters news agency […]

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Burmese Prison Release Includes Dozens of Political Prisoners

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Rights groups say Burma released dozens of political prisoners Wednesday, including a famous monk and a comedian, as it begins a mass release of thousands of prisoners. The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said it had confirmed at least 50 political prisoners among those released so far. These include Ashin Gambira, a leader of […]

Jailed Burmese Dissident Among First to be Released Under Amnesty

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A prominent Burmese entertainer and dissident was freed Wednesday as part of the government’s pledge to grant amnesty to more than 6,000 prisoners. Comedian Zarganar was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 59 years in prison for criticizing the former military junta’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis, which left about 138,000 people dead or missing […]

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Burma’s State Television Says Prisoner Release Imminent

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state television announced Tuesday that the government will begin releasing more than 6,000 prisoners Wednesday. The brief announcement, monitored by VOA’s Burmese service, said the prisoners will be released for good conduct. It did not say how many would be freed in the first group or whether the release would include any of Burma’s […]

Burma’s State Television Says Prisoner Release Imminent

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state television announced Tuesday that the government will begin releasing more than 6,000 prisoners Wednesday. The brief announcement, monitored by VOA’s Burmese service, said the prisoners will be released for good conduct. It did not say how many would be freed in the first group or whether the release would include any of Burma’s […]

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Burma’s Rights Panel Urges Release of Political Prisoners

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state television announced Tuesday that the government will begin releasing more than 6,000 prisoners beginning Wednesday. The brief announcement, monitored by VOA’s Burmese service, said the prisoners will be released for good conduct. It did not say how many would be freed in the first group or whether it would include any of Burma’s […]

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