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Burma Releases 4 More Opposition Politicans - 2001-07-31


Burma's military government has released four more jailed pro-democracy politicians, amid ongoing talks between the government and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The four members of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy were released from different prisons across Burma.

A government statement named those freed as Chit Htwe, Khin Maung Win, Aung Myint and Nyunt Aye. A government spokesman says they were all in good health.

All four were elected to be lawmakers during the National League for Democracy's landslide victory in the 1990 general elections. The military government has since prevented the party from taking power.

This is the latest group of prisoners freed by Burmese authorities since reconciliation talks began in October between Aung San Suu Kyi and the military government. Observers say the recent releases appear to be a show of good will by the government during the talks.

Since the start of the year, more than 150 political dissidents have been freed, among them relatives of Aung San Suu Kyi. She has been under house arrest since September after attempting to travel outside the capital, Rangoon.

The talks, are aimed at ending the decade old political deadlock and easing political tensions in the country.

Despite releases, the National League for Democracy says 29 of its members remain in detention. International human rights group Amnesty International says there are at leat 1,800 political prisoners in Burma.

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