facebook
twitter
search
search

Myanmar political prisoners freed after European Union lifts sanctions

April 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, April 23 (UPI) -- At least 56 political prisoners were freed in Myanmar after the European Union lifted sanctions against the country Monday, human rights activists said.

Zaw Moe, among those freed, told the British Broadcasting Corp. the releases were directly connected to the move by the EU.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has freed hundreds of political detainees since President Thein Sein took office in 2011. His administration announced a review of all politically related incarceration cases in November 2012, the BBC said.

Bo Kyi of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said, "More than 200 political prisoners are still in prison" in Myanmar.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Topics: Thein Sein
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Duma approves construction of $4 billion bridge to Crimea
Shark bites Camp Lejeune Marine on North Carolina coast
Donald Trump deletes retweet about Jeb Bush's wife
Putin reassures PM Alexis Tsipras after 'no' referendum vote in Greece
England deletes 'sexist' tweet about Women's World Cup team