Syria releases Kurdish political prisoners
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has released 312 Syrian Kurds. They were imprisoned following violent football riots in Qamishli in the North East of the country last year.
30 people were killed in that violence, and hundreds were detained and questioned, with most released days later.
Fifteen Kurdish separatists were also released today.
The releases have been welcomed by Amnesty International.
Syria has one of the smallest Kurdish populations in the region (about half a million). The plight of the Kurds - spread across Iraq, Turkey (15 million), Iran and Syria is one of repression. They have been denied their national language and in some cases even citizenship in those four countries.
The prisoner release is the latest Syrian move to increase their rights - fearing that they will demand autonomy like their neighbours across the border in Iraq.