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Myanmar president grants amnesty to 46 prisoners

July 2, 2012
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YANGON, Myanmar—A Myanmar state newspaper says President Thein Sein has granted amnesty to 46 prisoners.

It was not immediately clear whether it would apply to the hundreds of political prisoners who activists and rights groups say are incarcerated in Myanmar.

The state-run New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday that 37 men and nine women would be released.

It said the decision had been made on humanitarian grounds "with a view to ensuring the stability of the state and making eternal peace (and) national reconciliation."

Human Rights Watch counts at least 659 political prisoners as being freed over the past year. But rights groups say between 200 and 600 remain behind bars.

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