Progress on Political Prisoners in Burma
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
February 8, 2013
The United States welcomes the Burmese Government’s announcement that it has authorized the formation of a Committee on Political Prisoners comprised of government officials, civil society actors, and political parties to review and release all remaining political prisoners. President Thein Sein’s government has made good progress on this issue, releasing more than 700 political prisoners over the past 18 months. By establishing an inclusive, transparent review mechanism to ensure the release of all remaining political prisoners, the government has taken an important step towards national reconciliation; we look forward to supporting the implementation of this process.
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