Release of prisoners of conscience in Myanmar welcomed by UN expert

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Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

The release of prisoners of conscience by the government of Myanmar has been welcomed by the United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in the Asian country.

Tomás Ojea Quintana renewed his call on the government of Myanmar to immediately release all the remaining prisoners of conscience without conditions.

Donn Bobb reports.

The release of the prisoners of conscience in Myanmar comes as a result of the latest presidential amnesty.

The UN independent expert on human rights in Myanmar says the release of prisoners of conscience should remain at the forefront of reforms until all those left in detention are freed.

Mr. Quintana urges the government of Myanmar to ensure that the released prisoners are reintegrated and that those who were subjected to ill-treatment are provided with medical and psycho-social services.

He also stressed the need for the Government to engage with political and civil society organizations to clarify exactly how many prisoners are left.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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