Releasing detained activists -- with love

In what it called an act of "loving kindness," the nation of Burma said in November it was releasing 69 political prisoners. The amnesty was part of a promise by the military-backed civilian government to release all prisoners of conscience by the end of the year.<br><br>
The official statement said the action would allow the former prisoners to "contribute in nation-building after realizing the loving kindness and goodwill of the state."<br><br>
According to the BBC, the country also known as Myanmar has freed scores of political prisoners since it began steps toward reform a few years ago. The move coincided with visits by high-profile guests, including officials from the European Union, ex-President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.<br><br>
 
Amnesty International, however, warned:  "Today's release is of course welcome, but the fact remains that there are many imprisoned for peaceful activism still behind bars in Myanmar." <br><br>
 
Still, steps in the right direction, no?<br><br>

Above: A political prisoner walks out of a prison after his release in Kalay.<br><br>

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In what it called an act of "loving kindness," the nation of Burma said in November it was releasing 69 political prisoners. The amnesty was part of a promise by the military-backed civilian government to release all prisoners of conscience by the end of the year.

The official statement said the action would allow the former prisoners to "contribute in nation-building after realizing the loving kindness and goodwill of the state."

According to the BBC, the country also known as Myanmar has freed scores of political prisoners since it began steps toward reform a few years ago. The move coincided with visits by high-profile guests, including officials from the European Union, ex-President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Amnesty International, however, warned: "Today's release is of course welcome, but the fact remains that there are many imprisoned for peaceful activism still behind bars in Myanmar."

Still, steps in the right direction, no?

Above: A political prisoner walks out of a prison after his release in Kalay.

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