Myanmar’s military, which took power in a coup in February, announced that it would release more than 5,000 people detained for anti-government protests.
Myanmar’s military chief, Supreme Commander Min Aung Hlaing, said in a statement on the 18th that it had decided to release 5,636 prisoners for humanitarian reasons.
The measure was announced shortly after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) decided not to allow Supreme Commander Hlaing’s participation in the three-day summit from the 26th.
ASEAN has decided not to allow Supreme Commander Hlaing to attend the summit on the grounds that Myanmar’s military has not made sufficient efforts to end the chaos.
Supreme Commander Hlaing said that prisoners who meet the conditions for amnesty will be released on the day of Tadingyut, a Buddhist lantern festival held in Myanmar every October.
According to the Association for Supporting Political Prisoners (AAPP), which monitors human rights in Myanmar, the Myanmar military has arrested and detained a total of 7,355 people until the 16th after the coup.
British ‘BBC’ broadcaster said that this measure is the most significant compromise the Myanmar military has taken since it took power eight months ago. It was analyzed that the resulting face damage acted as a major background.