Myanmar's Junta Pardons 2,000 Prisoners Jailed Under Controversial Law
On Wednesday, Myanmar's junta announced that it had pardoned over 2,000 prisoners who were jailed under a law widely used in the military's crackdown on dissent since seizing power more than two years ago.
The law, Penal Code 505 (a), carries a maximum jail term
of three years. The military granted the pardons "for the peaceful mind of the people and on humanitarian grounds," according to a statement released by the junta. As Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang visited Myanmar to hold talks with the military junta that has
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shunned by the international community since the coup, the Myanmar government announced that it would impose an additional penalty on those who commit further offenses, requiring them to serve the remainder of their sentence. This move may have significant implications for Myanmar's legal system
could impact the ongoing political crisis in the country.
More than 21,000 people have been arrested since the military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's government, and over 3,400 people have been killed in the military's crackdown on dissent since the coup, according to a monitoring group.