Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Release of the Political Detainees in Myanmar

May 6, 2003

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes the release by the Government of Myanmar of 21 political detainees including 12 members of the NLD (National League for Democracy) by May 4. This is the first release of this kind this year.

  2. The Government of Japan expects that the Government of Myanmar will expand its release of political detainees.

  3. Japan also has a firm hope that, through the release of political detainees, basic human rights in Myanmar will be improved, contributing to the nation's democratization and national reconciliation process.

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