President Win Myint pardoned thousands of prisoners in two mass amnesties last month
Myanmar will release 6,520 prisoners in an amnesty, said the president's office in a statement.
There are to be released on Tuesday.
President Win Myint pardoned thousands of prisoners in two mass amnesties last month. It is customary in Myanmar for authorities to free prisoners around the time of the traditional New Year, which began on April 17.
Myanmar to release 6,500 prisoners in amnesty, said the president's office in a statement on Tuesday.(Reuters)(File photo) pic.twitter.com/twRSfu7O4B— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) May 7, 2019
The two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon after spending more than 500 days behind bars on the same day as they were granted presidential pardon.
LONG WALK TO FREEDOM!!!!Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture as they walk free outside Insein prison after receiving a presidential pardon in Yangon, Myanmar, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wann pic.twitter.com/48UzHezea8— Jorge Silva (@jgesilva) May 7, 2019
The two reporters, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had been convicted in September and sentenced to seven years in jail, in a case that raised questions about Myanmar’s progress toward democracy and sparked an outcry from diplomats and human rights advocates.