Myanmar will grant amnesty to more than 6,000 prisoners, the country's state television said Tuesday.
The announcement said the government will release 6,359 prisoners Wednesday. But it was not clear whether the freed inmates will include political detainees.
Hours earlier, the government-appointed National Human Rights Commission had called for a pardon of "prisoners of conscience," according to reports carried in the local media.
Critics were skeptical when the government officially established the commission last month, saying many of its members had previously made statements defending Myanmar's human rights record.
The country is also known as Burma.
Since Myanmar held elections in November - its first in two decades - its leaders have been gingerly reaching out to critics.FULL STORY