Unconditional amnesty for political prisoners: President

CREDIT EMG 5 JUNE 2013

Myanmar’s government has no intention of enforcing Section 401 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the granting of amnesty to political prisoners, President Thein Sein said in a radio speech on Tuesday.  

“The government is releasing political prisoners with a view to forging national reconciliation. Apart from taking a certain period of time, it has no intention to make political gains over this. Therefore, all the prisoners of conscience will be released soon,” Thein Sein said in his speech.

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Myanmar’s Code of Criminal Procedure states in Section 401 that if any condition on which a sentence has been suspended is not fulfilled, the President of the Union may cancel the suspension and the person will have to serve the remaining portion of the sentence. In the past, Section 401 has been controversial in the release of political prisoners who were pardoned only to be arrested again under various charges.

“We have no intention to enforce Section 401 as a political tool in granting amnesty for political prisoners,” the President said.

However, he warned that those who have committed crimes such as violence, murder and rape in the name of politics would have to serve their sentences. Thein Sein said he had already explained this to relevant organizations when he was in the United States and they accepted it.

President Thein Sein has been delivering speeches on the state-owned Myanmar Radio and Television on a monthly basis since the beginning of this year.

In his Tuesday’s radio speech, Thein Sein also said his government would relentlessly cooperate with political and social organizations, as well as the public, in an effort to push the reform process forward.

“As a leader who is maneuvering the country’s reforms amid big challenges, uncertainties and hindrances, I am committed to carrying out these reforms with an energetic goodwill and effort, based on the cooperation of the government, Parliament, political forces, civil society, the military and the entire nation,” said the President.

Thein Sein recounted his meetings with President Obama and U.S government top officials, the Senate and Congress members, during his visit to the United States last month. He said he could build the necessary trust to erase sanctions against Myanmar, which are a hindrance to rebuilding the economy. During his visit, he received a warm welcome as well as criticism based on doubts over his reform agenda.

“It is natural that every country has to face such disagreements, disbeliefs and conflicts. But in my view, being pragmatic in politics is more important,” Thein Sein said.

“For the success of Myanmar’s reforms, it is crucial for the country to engage with the outside world. The government is therefore making earnest efforts to enable Myanmar to stand as a credible and responsible country, one in which both supporters and dissidents can bear the fruits of these reforms.”

In his speech, the President also outlined government initiatives to ensure farmers and small to medium enterprises receive small loans as capital to cover for cultivation costs.

Myanmar Seeks Committee to List Remaining Political Prisoners to Release-video

The committee to examine the case of remaining political prisoners in Myanmar hasdiscussed to review systematically the numbers of political prisoners in detained places, the 88’s Generation  Student leader Ko Ko Gyi told the Eleven Media Group, during the committee’s first meeting held in Myanmar Peace Center, Yangon on February 13.

The committee was formed under the leadership of the minister for the President’s Office Soe Thein including representatives of government ministries, civil societies and political parties.

“We have conferred to get the zero number of political prisoners in the jails. Since I was thepolitical prisoner, I could give my opinions to the meeting,” said Ko Ko Gyi.

Releasing political prisoners depends on the administrators. The ex-political prisoners, however, welcomed the term “political prisoners” recently regarded by the government body as an official one.

The committee plans to assess how many political prisoners are still remained in the jails. Then, the assessed list will be reported to the officials. The committee chairperson has urged the committee members to make sure the confirmation of statistics of remaining political prisoners as soon as possible.

According to Ko Ko Gyi, the revealed figures of remaining conscience prisoners controversially vary in different organizations. When the remaining numbers will be officially assessed has not been considered yet. The political prisoners issue plays an important role in building up the developed and tranquil state with no fire and peace with the ethnic groups.

Nyan Win from National League for Democracy (NLD), Khon Tun Oo from Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNLD), Ko Ko Gyi from the 88 generation students group attended as the committee members.

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), the group of political prisoners, Federation of Political Prisoners, and officials from Correction Department, Bureaus of Special Investigations and Myanmar Police Force are also included.

PRESIDENT OFFICE : Committee to be formed to grant liberty to remaining political prisoners

Committee to be formed to grant liberty to remaining political prisoners

Thu, 02/07/2013 – 10:49

 

Nay Pyi Taw, 6 Feb

The Union government has been granting amnesty to prisoners of conscience serving their terms in prisons across the nation, with a view to ensuring peace and stability and lasting peace of the State, national reconciliation, inclusiveness in political process, turning the prisoners to ones who take their fair shares in State building realizing magnanimity of the government.

The President Office has today instructed to form a committee to scrutinize the remaining political prisoners serving their terms in prisons throughout the country so as to grant them liberty. The committee is reportedly to be chaired by Union Minister at the President Office U Soe Thane and to be constituted with representatives from government ministries, civil society organizations and some political parties.

 

The committee will define the meaning of prisoners of conscience and coordinate for a set of framework for releasing and scrutinize the remaining political prisoners and report the findings to the President.

Political Prisoners List whose whereabouts are currently under verification- and verified

Releasing more – 514 prisoners- don’t know exactly how many political prisoners will release yet 🙂

ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္သမၼတၾကီးက ေနာက္ထပ္ အက်ဥ္းသား ၅၁၄ ဦးကို စက္တင္ဘာလ ၁၇ ရက္ေန႕မွ လြတ္ျငိမ္း ခ်မ္းသာခြင့္ျပဳလိုက္ေၾကာင္း ျမန္မာ့အသံနဲ႕ရုပ္ျမင္သံၾကားက အခုပဲအထူးသတင္းအျဖစ္ ၾကားျဖတ္ေၾကညာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

by BDC

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi verified the correct number of currently held political prisoners as 591

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi verified the correct number of currently held political prisoners as 591 (as of 16 December 2011) when she is asked by a Burmese activist regarding the differences between the numbers of political prisoners in Burma. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that NLD is making sure everything possible they can to get the nearest correct numbers of political prisoners who are currently held in Burma. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi again re-affirmed that in the AAPP list of political prisoners there are still people names who were already been released. This radio news was broadcasted in Burma on 16 December 2011.

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http://www.mizzima.com/news/prisoner-watch/6495-up-to-900-political-prisoners-may-remain-in-burmese-jails.html

different names one person ect….

(Founding related to number of political prisoners)