Myanmar frees 44 political prisoners
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar on Wednesday freed 44 political detainees, a presidential adviser said, the latest in a series of prisoner amnesties by the country's reformist regime.
"In total 44 political prisoners have been released around the country today," Hla Maung Shwe said.
President Thein Sein has pledged to release all prisoners of conscience in Myanmar by the end of the year.
The former general, who took power in March 2011, has earned plaudits and the removal of most western sanctions for reforms that have included freeing hundreds of critics detained under the previous junta.