Talking about the mass release of the prisoners, President Win Myint, said in a statement, that 9,353 prisoners, including 16 foreigners, had been pardoned “as a gesture of marking the Myanmar New Year, for the peace and pleasure of the people, and taking into consideration humanitarian concerns”.
Apparently, scrutiny is still being carried out of the remaining prisoners to determine “who should be pardoned” as stated by the President on a Facebook post.
Two political prisons are also amongst those released, as informed by Aung Myo Kyaw from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a non-profit human rights group.
According to AAPP, 364 political prisoners are behind bars including ethnic minority activists and people accused of criticizing the army.
It is also to be noted that such releases from prisons across the country are regularly ordered to mark the holiday, say reports.