Burmese President Thein Sein announced yesterday that "Prisoners will get amnesty on humanitarian grounds and through sympathy for their families."
Aung San Suu Kyi has seen "no meaningful change" in the Burmese government since the elections last year, she said in a recent interview with the German news media.
Last Friday, Burma applied for the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The chairmanship rotates between member countries, and as a military dictatorship, Burma has been prohibited from holding the position in the past.
A senior UN diplomat has arrived in Burma to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the recently-elected government.
Last week, the government of Bangladesh blocked a $33 million UN project aimed at poverty alleviation in Cox Bazaar district, near the Burma border.?