Myanmar amnesty – level 3
Last week, Myanmar’s military government released nearly 6,000 prisoners in a mass amnesty.
Among them were a former British ambassador Vicky Bowman, Japanese documentary filmmaker Toru Kubota, and Australian Sean Turnell, former economic adviser to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Turnell was arrested a few days after the army seized power in February last year, which ended a decade of tentative democracy.
Myanmar’s government TV showed footage of the three people signing exit documents with officials. The media said that they released them for diplomacy and humanitarian purposes. Human rights groups said that their detentions were politically motivated; however, officials denied the statement.
Some people hoped that the event would lead to the release of all political prisoners.
Difficult words: mass amnesty (a general pardon to a large group of people for offenses, especially political offenses against a government), depose (to remove someone from a position of authority), tentative (uncertain).
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