Myanmar's political prisoners need to be released ahead of elections

Tomás Ojea Quintana

Myanmar has been told that it has a real chance at a successful transition to democracy if it releases its prisoners of conscience, and improves its human rights record.

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana made that point to the country's authorities during a recent visit.

Two hundred prisoners of conscience have already been released, including the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

But as Tomás Ojea Quintana told Jocelyne Sambira, many prominent leaders who played an important role in the country's history remain in jail ahead of forthcoming elections.

Duration: 4'20''

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