UN Human rights office welcomes pardon granted to political prisoners in Myanmar

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed the pardon granted Monday by President Thein Sein to political prisoners convicted of, or prosecuted for various offences under seven specific laws, including unlawful association, peaceful assembly, treason and sedition in Myanmar.

This is an important step in the reform process of the last year and shows the significant progress that has been made in solving the problem of political prisoners in Myanmar, in line with the President’s pledge, the Human rights office said.

The office said it looks forward to working with the Government and other stakeholders to reform those laws to ensure that there will be no cases of people being held as political prisoners.

But it, however, regrets that the presidential pardon did not include three workers of international non-governmental organisations, detained in Buthidaung Prison since June and July 2012 and human rights defenders in Rakhine State, Dr. Tun Aung and U Kyaw Hla Aung, detained since June 2012 and July 2013 respectively.

The Human Rights Office has asked the authorities to release those prisoners and to ensure that the prisoner review committee continue its work to resolve all pending cases.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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