Myanmar's state-run media says a government-appointed human rights body has appealed to the president to release prisoners who are not a threat to stability.
Myanmar's three state-owned newspapers on Friday ran the appeal by National Human Rights Commission chairman Win Mra calling on President Thein Sein to issue a general amnesty. Publication of the appeal is significant because the newspapers closely reflect government positions.
However, previous such calls for a general amnesty have not resulted in a full release of inmates who are considered political prisoners.
Kyi Kyi Nyunt says she will believe rumors of a general amnesty only once her brother, former student leader Min Ko Naing, comes home. He is serving a 65-year prison term.