January 13, 2014

Summary for December 2013

Early December saw the release of 41 political prisoners. The December 30 Presidential Pardon Order Number-51/2013 brought the release of a further 16 political prisoners, bringing the total for December to 59.

3 people were indicted and arrested and 9 were indicted throughout this month. 15 people were sentenced with 9 being imprisoned. There remain around 136 people still awaiting trial for their political activities. The release of all those facing trial under Section 18 of The Peaceful Assembly Act, 505 (b) of the Penal Code and the other areas of law within the Pardon still left at least roughly 33 political prisoners incarcerated inside Burma, despite government assertions to the contrary.

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