Burma – Junta released more than 23,000 detainees

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Having been in power in Burma since the February 1 coup, making arrests in recent days against Aung San Suu Kyi’s relatives and election officials, ordered the release of more than 23,000 prisoners on Friday.

On February 11, 2021, a Burmese soldier in Yangon.


Mass prisoner inflows are common to clean up crowded facilities and are usually performed on important dates in the Burmese calendar. This Friday is a public holiday in the country.

“The State Administration Council (…) has removed the punishment of 23,314 prisoners held in prisons, detention centers and camps”, it has been officially announced in the column of Myanmar’s state organ Global New Light to refer to Burmese . Military government. Another insert states that 55 foreign prisoners will also be released.

Both orders were signed by the head of the junta, Army Chief General Aung Hlang. No further details of the released prisoners were given in the declaration.

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Aung San Suu Kyi and other prominent politicians were arrested during the operations carried out at dawn on 1 February by the military, who claim that the Aung Party won the elections last November. San Suu Kyi, National League for Democracy (NLD). Many have been married to fraud. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has not been publicly seen since his arrest in the house, but according to NLD officials, the former de facto head of the Burmese government is “in good health”.

Since the coup, more than 200 people have been arrested by the new regime, according to an NGO defending political prisoners. One of them is Australian citizen Sean Turnwell, economic adviser to the ousted government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The LND – headquartered in Yangon this week by night infiltration by men in uniform – also confirmed the arrest of Election Commission officials on Thursday.



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