The Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the government of Myanmar on Sunday to release all remaining prisoners currently being held for political and religious violations. The National League for Democracy Party (NLD), which won in a national election last November, has already promised that there will be no political prisoners when they take office in late March. The party has defined “political prisoner” to be “anyone arrested, detained or imprisoned for their direct or indirect activities to promote freedom, equality, and human and civil rights, including ethnic minorities, as well as for involvement in anti-government protests.” However, HRW Asia Director Phil Robertson has stressed that current Myanmar President Thein Sein should immediately fulfill a similar promise he made in 2012. Though President Sein initially formed review committees and made significant progress, the HRW reports that the number of political charges and convictions has drastically risen in recent years. The HRW elaborates that the number of political prisoners has grown from 25 to 128, and 472 Myanmar citizens face charges for exercising civil rights in various ongoing cases. The court in Myanmar is currently scheduled to hear one of these cases on Tuesday which regards 50 Burmese students arrested for peaceful political protests against the National Education Bill.