Prison release

A girl awaits the release of her relative, a political prisoner in Pa-an prison, in front of the prison in Pa-an. Myanmar freed at least 200 political prisoners on Friday in an amnesty that could embolden the opposition and put pressure on the West to lift sanctions as one of the world's most reclusive states opens up after half a century of authoritarian rule.

( Reuters photo / January 13, 2012 )

A girl awaits the release of her relative, a political prisoner in Pa-an prison, in front of the prison in Pa-an. Myanmar freed at least 200 political prisoners on Friday in an amnesty that could embolden the opposition and put pressure on the West to lift sanctions as one of the world's most reclusive states opens up after half a century of authoritarian rule.

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