Amnesty highlights other prisoners as Aung San Suu Kyi freed

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Amnesty International welcomed Saturday's release of Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi but pointed out that more than 2,200 political prisoners remain in detention in that country.

The London-based human rights group said Suu Kyi should never have been arrested and her release was not a "concession" by the regime.

"While Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's release is certainly welcome, it only marks the end of an unfair sentence that was illegally extended, and is by no means a concession on the part of the authorities," secretary general Salil Shetty said in a statement.

"The fact remains that authorities should never have arrested her or the many other prisoners of conscience in Burma in the first place, locking them out of the political process."

He said it was now important the authorities ensured her security and "put an end to the ongoing injustice of political imprisonment in the country".

Amnesty claims there are still more than 2,200 political prisoners in Myanmar being held under vague laws frequently used to criminalise peaceful political dissent.

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