Amnesty International welcomes the release of some political prisoners, but it is shameful that the Myanmar government continues to incarcerate hundreds of its citizens just for exercising their basic rights to freedom of expression and assembly. All prisoners of conscience must be released immediately.
In June Aung San Suu Kyi urged the international community to support Myanmar [JURIST report] in its attempt to build a stronger democracy and uphold the rule of law. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] welcomed the release of hundreds of political prisoners in October of last year while calling [JURIST reports] the country to free the remaining prisoners as well. A month earlier Myanmar formed [JURIST report] the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) to promote and safeguard the country's constitutional rights. In November 2010 the Myanmar Police Force released [JURIST report] Suu Kyi in November 2010 from her almost eight years house arrest.
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