NEW DELHI -- Some 20 political prisoners were released in
Zaw Htay, a senior official in Thein Sein's office, said on social media that the prisoner release was not timed to next week's visit but instead showed that the president was determined to offer an “inclusive political process."
It follows a similar pardon of prisoners last month, a day after the
Since coming to power, Thein Sein's government has eased media controls, allowed Nobel laureate
Human rights groups said the nation’s leadership still had not gone far enough, noting that the military retained overall control of the country.