News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Myanmar soldiers.JPG
Myanmar soldiers.JPG
World News

Christian campaigners celebrate release of almost 6,000 prisoners in Myanmar

by Sophie Drew

Almost 6,000 prisoners have been released in Myanmar as part of an amnesty; 53 of them are political prisoners arrested for activism. 

Christian Solidarity Worldwide – an organisation that tries to combat the persecution of people of faith across the globe – has welcomed the news. 

The released prisoners were jailed after a crackdown on activists and political leaders following the military coup in February 2021. 

It’s reported that 7,000 detainees remain. 

Among the political prisoners released was the UK’s former ambassador to Myanmar, Vicky Bowman, who was arrested after being accused of breaking visa rules. 

Also released was: Dr Myo Nyunt, a party spokesperson for the National League for Democracy, U Kyaw Tint Swe, a former Union minister in Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, Shwe Nawa Sayadaw, a Buddhist monk who had opposed the regime, satirical writer and critic of the military Maung Tha Cho, and leading pro-democracy activist Ko Mya Aye.

CSW’s Senior Analyst for East Asia Benedict Rogers said: “While we welcome the release of nearly 6,000 prisoners today, we encourage the international community to remember that an even greater number remain in detention. 

“The Myanmar army continues to silence anyone it perceives as a threat or critic. It is responsible for the deaths of over 2,400 people since the coup took place, and the situation for religious and ethnic minorities has deteriorated significantly. 

“CSW continues to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all remaining prisoners, and for extensive and coordinated sanctions on the Myanmar military and its enterprises. 

“A global arms embargo is essential to prevent the military from getting its hands on additional weapons with which it can wage violence on those calling for democracy.”

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email