On January 13, 2012, the Government of Burma released hundreds of political prisoners, many of whom had languished in prison for decades. This followed another release in October 2011.
As noted by President Obama, the release of political prisoners is a “substantial step forward for democratic reform.” The United States will continue to work with the Government of Burma on their reform and reconciliation efforts, including ensuring all remaining political prisoners are released unconditionally.
Many of those released have distinguished themselves as steadfast, courageous leaders in the fight for democracy and human rights at critical times in their country’s recent history.
Learn about some of their stories below.