New Myanmar government pardons almost 200 imprisoned activists
- Among the 113 released so far were 69 student activists, many of whom had been charged and convicted following major student protests in March 2015.
- Aung San Suu Kyi, who led the National League for Democracy (NLD) party to victory, had herself been under house arrest for 15 years of the military’s rule.
- Of the remaining 345 facing political charges, 298 are on bail and 47 on remand in jail.
“New Myanmar government frees scores of jailed activists” (Reuters)
“Myanmar Court Drops Charges Against Student Detainees” (Radio Free Asia)
“Myanmar drops charges against nearly 200 political activists” (The Guardian)
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