Free political prisoners in Myanamar: Indian MPsSeptember 6th, 2011 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 6 (IANS) More than 100 Indian MPs have urged the Myanmar president to free more than 2,000 political prisoners.
The appeal has been made by Ram Jethmalani, convener of the Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Democracy in Burma (IPFDB), and members of the group.
They are backing a call from Myanmar democratic leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for the release of political prisoners.
There are still more than 2,000 political prisoners in prisons in Myanmar, and many are in deplorable conditions, the group said.
Most of them have been sentenced to 65 years and more, it said.
“We, Indian parliamentarians, hope to see a genuine democratic system in Burma and … call upon the government to release all political prisoners in the country.
“Their release will be a positive step in the spirit of conciliation and dialogue that Burma now needs.”
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