88 GENERATION STUDENTS WALK FREE { 53 images } Created 27 Feb 2015

For more than 20 years the plight of Burma's political prisoners has shocked the world. At 6.00pm on Thursday 12th January the Burmese government announced on state media that "For the sake of state peace and stability, national consolidation and to enable everyone to participate in the political process and on humanitarian grounds, the government will grant amnesty to 651 prisoners so that they can take part in nation building". Just over 12 hours later and finally after years behind bars, Burma's famed dissidents, the 88 Generation Students finally walked free from prison.

More than 30 members of the group were serving sentences of 65 years for their roles in leading peaceful protests against the military regime in 2007. These exclusive images capture the members of the group and such prominent activists as Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Htay Kywe in the days after their release from prison as once again they are freed and now able to continue their work and political activities to bring change to Burma.

As change starts to sweep through Burma, these men and women now stand ready to help shape the future of their country and despite the threat of re-arrest and oppression form the authorities, will continue to carry out their activities and promote their political beliefs that saw them jailed before.
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