Myanmar officials urged to release political prisoners

The authorities in Myanmar must release of all political prisoners, if they are to move the country towards a durable peace, democracy and prosperity.

Vijay Nambiar

That’s what Vijay Nambiar, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, has said. He was speaking in Yangon, at the end of three-day visit to the country, at the invitation of the government.

Mr. Nambiar said that it was important for the six-week old government to implement reforms, to meet the pressing political and economic challenges facing the country.

“In all my meetings, I stressed that this must include the release of all political prisoners and inclusive dialogue with all segments of society, as well as greater outreach to the international community to ensure that the proposed reforms enjoyed broad buy-in. Only then can there be greater confidence that the efforts undertaken will indeed serve to meet the longstanding needs and aspirations of the people of Myanmar.”

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