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Amnesty International Questions Thein Sein’s Commitment on Political Prisoner Pledge

18 July 2013

The commitment of Burma’s President Thein Sein to free the country’s remaining political prisoners by the year’s end, as he promised this week, has been questioned by Amnesty International (AI). The same day the president made his promise, on Monday, a Rohingya rights activist was arbitrarily arrested by police in Arakan State, the international rights watchdog reported Wednesday. “The government continues to rely on repressive laws to silence dissent and jail peaceful protesters in Myanmar,” Amy Smith, Amnesty International’s Burma researcher, said in a statement. “For there to be lasting change in the country, these practices need to be stopped.”