Myanmar gained independence from British rule on January 4, 1948. The ruling junta government has released several political prisoners on the occasion of Independence Day.

The Irrawaddy reports that Myanmar’s ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) government released religious affairs and culture minister Thura U Aung Ko, philanthropist and author Dr Than Myint Aung and former NLD information officer, author U Tin Lin Uo and detained journalists. gave The junta government has announced amnesty for the Raj prisoners on the occasion of the 75th year of independence.

The junta announced on Wednesday that 7,210 prisoners had been released from prisons across the country. It is not yet clear how many political prisoners are among those released.

Former Brigadier General Thura U Aung Ko was released from Insein Prison in Yangon on Tuesday night, family members said. He was arrested after the coup in February 2021 and charged with corruption. He was sentenced to 12 years rigorous imprisonment in March of the same year. Relatives of Dr Than Myint Aung and U Htin Lin U were waiting at the gates of Insein Prison to welcome them on Wednesday morning. The pair were released on Wednesday afternoon.

U Tun Kyi, head of a political prisoners group, said, ‘The junta has released political prisoners hostages for its own political gain.’

Family members of other detained journalists were eagerly awaiting the release of their relatives. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), some 16,862 people have been detained by the junta since the coup as of Tuesday, of whom 3,463 have been released.

AAPP Joint Secretary Ko Bo Chi said that while many political prisoners are still incarcerated, the government’s amnesty does not herald any meaningful change for Myanmar. This will only happen when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Win Myint and all other political prisoners are released.’

(January 4)