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Syria pardons political prisoners
Syria pardons political prisoners

[JURIST] Syria released 112 political detainees, the country's official news agency reported Tuesday. President Bashar al-Asad pardoned the prisoners, many of whom are thought to be Kurdish minorities arrested during a riot last March. This year 160 political prisoners have been released so far. Human rights activists speculate that there may still be hundreds of political prisoners in Syria despite the newly-elected president's granting of a measure of political freedom. Aljazeera has more.