Burma pardons more than 500 prisoners
It is unclear how many of those released are political prisoners, but Thein Sein has made the release of such detainees the centerpiece of his reform policies.
Burma’s democratic opposition party, the National League for Democracy, estimates there are about 300 political prisoners still in jail. But other activists contend there are at least 100 more than that.
In Washington, the State Department reacted cautiously to news of the amnesty. A spokeswoman urged Burma’s government to free all remaining political prisoners.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.