Myanmar released 3,073 prisoners Tuesday, including 58 foreigners, under a presidential pardon, in a move that did not seem to target political detainees.

wpid-chinese-prisoners.jpg“We are very disappointed that only one political prisoner was released,” said Bo Kyi, joint secretary of the country’s Assistant Association for Political Prisoners.

President Thein Sein has released more than 2,000 political prisoners since coming to power in 2011, under persistent pressure from Western governments and in exchange for those countries lifting sanctions.

But a total of 130 activists were awaiting trial for political activities, including 80 in prison, the AAPP reported in late September.

Most sanctions have already been dropped on Myanmar, which was under military rule from 1962 to 2010.

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