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BURMA/MYANMAR: Despite presidential amnesty, some political prisoners remain jailed

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Statement : On 17 April 2016, Burmese New Year Day, the President of Myanmar, who assumed office in end March, released 83 prisoners under a presidential amnesty. The Order signed by the President stated that the pardon of the prisoners under Section 204 (A) of the Constitution aims for national reconciliation and peace of mind for citizens. The new government had also dismissed charges against the student protesters and their supporters on 8 April 2016; they had been in various states of limbo, facing trial for over a year. Read More...

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Anecdotal evidence is that torture is endemic although it is not possible to document and report systematically due to prevailing conditions in the country. Torture and cruel and inhuman treatment or punishment occurs in both political and ordinary criminal cases as well as in other settings, and is practiced by the police, military intelligence officers, soldiers, prisons officers, and executive officers (such as council officials) acting in a policing capacity.

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