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Burma Releases 45 Prisoners - 2003-03-17


Burma's military government says it has released 45 prisoners from various facilities around the country.

An official statement today (Sunday) said that among those released were women, either pregnant or with young children. It said the prisoners had been jailed for disturbing peace and tranquility in Burma.

The statement went on to say the government will continue to release those who neither cause any harm to the community nor threaten Burma's peace, stability and unity.

Human-rights groups say about 1,000 political prisoners are being held in the country's jails. The United Nations, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Western governments have demanded their immediate and unconditional release.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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