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Mass Political Prisoner Release Expected Soon: Activist

18 June 2013

A prominent activist says 155 political prisoners may be released by Burma’s government “soon,” Mizzima reported. “We can’t say when they will be released, but I think it may happen sometime soon,” Bo Kyi, a member of the government-appointed committee to investigate political prisoners’ cases and co-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), was quoted as saying over the weekend. The anticipated release would include three activists recently arrested for protesting the controversial Letpadaung copper mine. AAPP said recently that it considers 183 people in Burma to be political prisoners, though that did not include the Letpadaung trio.