Mizzima is reporting that 16 political prisoners were released today from Burmese jails after serving their full sentences. All except three prisoners were arrested in 2008 for protesting against the military junta and demanding the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Each of them were sentenced to 28 months imprisonment at Insein Prison. Aung San Suu Kyi served three separate sentences at Insein, in 2003, 2007, and 2009, before her recent release on November 13.
Han Win Aung, one of the released prisoners, said: “It doesn’t matter for how long they’ve detained us…how brutal they were, we will never be broken in spirit. Our beliefs are unshakeable. We will flourish under Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership for the sake of democracy and political freedom.”
Insein prison is notorius for its dirty conditions, mistreatment of prisoners and torture. Insein prison is pronounced ”insane”.