Myanmar Live Updates
- Myanmar announced that it was releasing almost 25,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty marking this week’s traditional New Year celebration.
- The release for the Thingyan holiday was announced in a statement from President Win Myint’s office. Mass amnesties on the holiday are not unusual, though the number this year was the highest in recent memory.
- The president’s statement did not say if the release was related to calls to free them because of the hazard of contracting COVID-19 in the close quarters of prison.Human rights groups estimate Myanmar’s overcrowded prisons hold 92,000 people, including those awaiting trial.