|S Satapathy |||Apr 08, 2016 10:42 AM EDT|
(Photo : Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images) Myanmar's new government has vowed to set free all political prisoners.
Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has revealed that she will start working to release political prisoners during the start of Burmese New Year, which is scheduled for next week.
The new government will try three methods to release these prisoners. First, through a presidential amnesty under criminal law. Second, through a presidential amnesty under the constitution, and finally by withdrawal of charges by prosecutors for prisoners who have not yet tried.
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There are close to 121 political prisoners in various Myanmar jails, while 414 are awaiting trial. Most of these people were arrested before the last national election in which Suu Kyi's party got a decisive victory.
Suu Kyi spent close to 15years under house arrest and many current ruling party leaders also served a long time in the country's prisons.
The statement to release the political prisoners was posted on the Facebook page of the office of President Htin Kyaw. The post on the social network site said that the government will keep the releasing of political prisoners a top priority and this will begin by the coming week, during country's New Year.
Suu Kyi's party won a landslide victory in Myanmar's last national election. However, the constitution does not allow her to become the country's president because her two sons have taken British citizenship.
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