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Burma Releases Hundreds of Political Prisoners

On Friday, January 13, 2012 Burma released numerous prominent political prisoners in a significant step toward ending Western economic sanctions against the country. The presidential amnesty was cautiously welcomed by rights groups who warned dissidents still lack legal protections.

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Family members of prisoners wait outside Burma's Insein prison on January 13, 2012. (AP)
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Family members of prisoners wait outside Burma's Insein prison on January 13, 2012. (AP)

A Burmese political prisoner comes out of Insein prison. (AP)
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A Burmese political prisoner comes out of Insein prison. (AP)

Pyone Cho, an activist of the 88 Generation Students Group, with his parents after he was freed. (AP)
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Pyone Cho, an activist of the 88 Generation Students Group, with his parents after he was freed. (AP)

Zaw Thet Htway, a journalist who was arrested during the 2007 Saffron Revolution, is welcomed by his colleagues after being released from prison. (AP)
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Zaw Thet Htway, a journalist who was arrested during the 2007 Saffron Revolution, is welcomed by his colleagues after being released from prison. (AP)

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