Myanmar Politics 2016Burma Politics 2016
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Burma releases political prisoners, says Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her first act as Myanmar's state adviser, said on Thursday that she would try to free detainees, girls and boys, and described the subject as the top of the new administration of her group. Burma detains more than 500 detainees, most of whom have not been brought to justice.
Said that next weeks, when the Burmese celebrate the beginning of Burma's New Year, would be an appropriate moment to free Burmese people. "During this period of Burma's New Year, we will free Burmese detainees, militants and student leaders who will be indicted as soon as possible," she said in a declaration published by her brief.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former detained politician under 15-year detention, took over the new position of state adviser this weekend to circumvent a prohibition on her activities as Pakistan's chair. Myanmar's constitution was drawn up by the army, which contained a rule prohibiting anyone with alien nationality from acting as prime minister.
The majority of the country's detainees under the dictatorial regime have already been set free. Former US Prime Minister U Thein Sein, a former general who resigned last weekend, has set more than 1,200 detainees free during his five-year term of service. Burma still has 526 detainees, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a group that monitors the plight of the detained Dissidents in Myanmar.
However, more than 400 others have recently been detained and are waiting to be tried. Aung San Suu Kyi said in her brief declaration that there are three ways her administration could free prisoners: a president's penal pardon, a president's constitutional pardon or the reversal of indictments by public prosecutors for those who have not yet been convicted.
Political Prisoner Relief Society said that all detainees could be released through a pardon. However, it was not clear whether the army would try to obstruct an apology or stop bringing indictments against detainees waiting for trials. A president's pardon requires the consent of the NSC, ruled by army officials.
The detainees who have not been brought to justice are subject to the Interior Secretary, one of three cabinet members nominated by the Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief under the Constitution.