Burma announced amnesty for 6,359 political prisoners on Tuesday.
Oct. 12, 2011Family members of prisoners wait for their release outside the Insein Central Prison in Rangoon, Burma. Burma started to free dozens of prisoners on Wednesday, including political detainees and a comedian who is one of its most famous dissidents, in a further sign of change in the authoritarian state. The detainees include pro-democracy campaigners, journalists, monks and lawyers. Their release has long been a key demand of Western powers that have imposed sanctions on the country, also known as Myanmar. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images