Burmese political prisoner freed!

Ma Khin Khin Leh, a political prisoner in Mynmar, was released from prison on Saturday, February 21! Her release follows an announcement by the Myanmar government that it would release 24 political prisoners. We celebrate their release, but remember that many more political prisoners remain jailed in Myanmar.

A school teacher and young mother, Ma Khin Khin Leh, was serving a life sentence simply because she and her husband tried to organize a peaceful demonstration. Days before the demonstration was to take place, authorities moved to prevent it. Security agents arrested Ma Khin Khin Leh and the couple's three-year-old daughter. Although her daughter was released after spending five days in detention, Ma Khin Khin Leh was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1999 under vaguely-worded security legislation.

We thank all those who campaigned for Ma Khin Khin Leh's release, and remind you that we continue to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other prisoners of conscience in Myanmar.

To read more about Ma Khin Khin Leh, or to take action in calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi , please go to the website at Amnesty International