United States Applauds Release of Political Prisoners in Burma
24 April 2013
The United States on Tuesday welcomed the release of dozens of political prisoners in Burma, while noting that others still remain behind bars, according the Chinese state media. “We understand the government of Burma has ordered today the release of over 93 prisoners, including about 50 political prisoners,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying. “So we welcome and encourage the unconditional release of all prisoners, but we do note that they have released about 50 today.” Xinhua said 29,668 prisoners have been pardoned since Burma’s quasi-civilian government took office on March 30, 2011.