缅甸将在奥巴马到访前释放452名囚犯 Burma to Release 452 Prisoners Ahead of Obama's Visit

15 November, 2012

缅甸政府说,将在美国总统奥巴马到访之前释放数百名囚犯。

缅甸国家媒体星期四宣布,吴登盛总统将赦免452名囚犯,以促进缅甸与美国的关系。有关官员说,这些获释囚犯中将包括政治犯,但目前还不清楚具体人数。

奥巴马总统将于下星期一抵达缅甸,进行具有里程碑意义的访问。人们广泛认为,奥巴马此行显示美国支持缅甸一年半来实行的民主改革。

吴登盛自从2011年3月就任缅甸总统以来,推行了一系列政治改革,使长期受到软禁的反对派领袖昂山素季得以参与政治活动。吴登盛还特赦数以百计的囚犯。

The Burmese government says it will release hundreds of prisoners ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the country.

Burma's state media announced Thursday that President Thein Sein will pardon 452 prisoners in an effort to promote bilateral relations.  Officials said political prisoners will be among those released, but it is not clear how many.

President Obama arrives in Burma Monday for a landmark visit, which is largely seen as an endorsement of Burma's democratic reforms in the past year and a half.

Since taking office in March 2011, President Thein Sein has overseen a number of political reforms that enabled the long-detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in the political process.  He has also granted amnesty to hundreds of prisoners.