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At Least 11 Dissidents Among Burma's Latest Releases - 2004-12-13


Burma has released at least 11 dissidents among the latest batch of prisoners set free in recent days.

Burmese state media said Monday some 5,000 prisoners were released in the past few days, saying many may have been illegally jailed by the now-defunct National Intelligence Bureau. Opposition party members say the 11 political prisoners were among those released.

Two of the dissidents were identified Sunday as U Htwe Myint and U Thu Wai. Both men had been jailed since 1995 for distributing anti-government pamphlets.

Since mid-November, the regime has freed more than 14,000 people. Most are believed to be petty criminals.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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