Myanmar starts freeing 17,000 prisoners (AFP) – 1599th Edition

A prisoner displays a letter of amnesty given to her by the Myanmar prison department during a release ceremony at the Insein prison in Yangon. Myanmar has begun releasing 17,000 prisoners under a clemency programme that sparked outrage from critics as it leaves more than 2,000 political detainees languishing in jail.(AFP/Soe Than Win)AFP – Myanmar began releasing 17,000 prisoners on Tuesday, an official said, under a clemency programme that sparked outrage from critics as it leaves more than 2,000 political detainees languishing in jail.

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