Myanmar – New government installed today 30 March 2011

As the new government is installed in Myanmar today, Donna Guest, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific Program said:

“The new government should take immediate action to stop human rights violations and put an end to the growing legacy of impunity in the country.

 As a very first step, and a matter of urgency, Amnesty International calls on the government to take the following measures:

–  ensure the unconditional release of hundreds of prisoners of conscience, which is long overdue. 

– remove provisions in the Constitution which grant immunity from prosecution for state officials for past involvement in human rights violations. “