၂၀၁၀ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲကုိေထာက္ခံမဲထည့္ရန္လူသတ္သမားႏွင့္ရာဇာဝတ္အက်ဥ္းသားမ်ားပါဝင္မည့္အက်ဥ္းသား ၆၃၀၀ ကုိ လြႊတ္ေပးမည္ လုိ.ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္အမည္ခံလုပ္ၾကံသတင္းစာမွာေဖာ္ျပ၊
|Myanmar to free 6,000 prisoners: state media|
|Updated at: 2000 PST, Friday, February 20, 2009|
|YANGON: Myanmar's military government will release more than 6,300 prisoners to allow them to take part in elections next year, state media said Friday, a day after a UN rights envoy visited the country.|
State television did not say if any of the country's estimated 2,000 political prisoners would be among those to be freed starting from Saturday, but the main opposition party said some of them may be released.
The authorities were releasing a total of 6,313 prisoners so they would be "able to participate for the benefit of the state, like other citizens, in coming 2010 free and fair elections", state television said.
It added that the government was freeing them to "respect humanitarian reasons and be sympathetic to family members of those prisoners who have learned good morals".
The announcement came a day after the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, wrapped up a six-day trip to the country during which he called for the "progressive" release of political detainees.