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In Burma, Internal Spy Network Lives On

MANDALAY Its been two years since Burmas new government promised its people a more open way of life, but still they come, plainclothes state intelligence officers asking where former student activist Mya Aye is and when hell back.

Politicians, journalists, writers, diplomats, too, find themselves being watched: Men on motorcycles tailing closely. The occasional phone call. The same, familiar faces at crowded street cafes.

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Burma government releases 73 political prisoners – Lawi Weng

RANGOON — Burma’s President Thein Sein pardoned 73 political prisoners on Tuesday, a government advisor and a human right activist said. Among the released are 29 Shan ethnic rebels and 26 Kachin prisoners of conscience.
“In total, about 70 political prisoners will be released nationwide, including 26 Kachin prisoners,” said Hla Maung Shwe, a special government advisor at the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC). He added that 13 detainees were being released from Kachin State’s Myitkyina Prison.

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Myanmar's president says doesn't object to Suu Kyi running for president

PARIS - Myanmar President Thein Sein is not preparing himself at the moment to contest the 2015 presidential election and has "no objections" to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi running, he said in an interview aired on Friday.

Thein Sein was speaking to France 24 television after the former military leader had completed a visit to London and Paris as part of a tour aimed at securing Western aid to help his country, the former Burma, emerge from decades of dictatorship.

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Myanmar president says not preparing himself for 2015 election

PARIS (Reuters) - Myanmar President Thein Sein is not preparing himself at the moment to contest the 2015 presidential election and has "no objections" to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi running, he said in an interview aired on Friday.

Thein Sein was speaking to France 24 television after the former military leader had completed a visit to London and Paris as part of a tour aimed at securing Western aid to help his country, the former Burma, emerge from decades of dictatorship.

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Burma's president vows to releases all political prisoners

Burma's president promised on Monday to release all political prisoners by the end of this year and said he thought a nationwide ceasefire was possible for the first time in six decades.

"By the end of the year there will be no prisoners of conscience in Myanmar," Thein Sein told an audience at the Chatham House thinktank in London. A special committee was reviewing every political prisoner's case, he added.

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