According to many online sources Mynmar’s President Thein Sein has signed a clemency order, reducing sentences for prisoners, in a move to mark the country’s 64th anniversary of independence.Although the order fell short of the general amnesty many people were expecting, it is said that death sentences will be commuted to life imprisonment and many prison terms are to be cut.
It was not immediately clear how many prisoners are to be included in the clemency.
State media reported that the government-appointed National Human Rights Commission had asked Thein Sein for the issue of a general amnesty.
Since taking office in March Thein Sein has pushed forward reforms after decades of repression under previous military regimes. Although still dominated by a military proxy party, changes have been made in media, the internet & political participation.
The last amnesty in October included more than 6,000 prisoners of which 200 were political detainees.
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