January 4th, 2012
03:35 AM ET

Myanmar cuts sentences for independence day

Myanmar's military rulers marked the country's independence day by commuting sentences and apparently releasing more than 30 prisoners, but opposition activists said Wednesday that the moves were unsatisfactory.
The United States also urged the nation to make greater efforts to improve its human rights record.
A decree by President Thein Sein, published Tuesday in a state-run newspaper, grants amnesty to prisoners "for the sake of state peace and stability, the rule of law, national consolidation" and humanitarian grounds. It reduces death sentences to life imprisonment; cuts sentences longer than 30 years down to 30; limits terms of 20-30 years to 20 years; and reduces shorter prison terms by 25%.

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  1. Hawaii Five O

    I remember the bloody and deplorable Images coming out of Burma and Iran (Nada) remember her? I won't ever forget those eyes as she laid in the street cradled by her Father as she was dying.

    As for Myanmar and it's 'rule of law' they can go suck on an egg as far as I'm concern! ;(

    January 4, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hawaii Five O

    A puppet of SATAN that is!

    January 4, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |