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Burmese Activist Released From Prison


Burma has unexpectedly released a political activist who was known for fighting forced labor practices.

Su Su Nway told reporters Tuesday she does not feel happy about her release because forced labor still exists in Burma. She promised to keep fighting Burma's forced labor practices.

Su Su Nway went to Burma's notorious Insein Prison in 2005 for allegedly threatening and swearing at authorities. Her arrest came after she won an unprecedented victory in Burmese courts, suing town officials for forcing her and other villagers to take part in forced labor.

The U.S. State Department spoke out in February against Su Su Nway's detention. The International Labor Organization had also pushed for her release.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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