The question of political prisoners

The right to participation in the conduct of public affairs plays a crucial role in a democratic society. With this view, the Commission had made constistent appeals in a series of open letters to the President to consider the granting of amnesty to prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, who did not pose a threat to the stability of the State to enable them to participate in the nation building task. Today, thousands of prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, have been released in batches. Some of the prisoners of conscience are taking part in the democratization process which is conducive for the national reconciliation process. Some have even been included in the Independent Commission established by the government to make inquiries into problems that have arisen in the Rakhine State.

A Political Prisoners Scrutiny Committee has now been established with a view to examining the cases of the remaining political prisoners.