Myanmar’s state television on Tuesday announced a mass amnesty for more than 6,300 prisoners on humanitarian grounds.
Agence France Press reports that the announcement did not say whether political detainees would be included.
It came hours after a government-appointed human rights panel called for a pardon for Myanmar’s political “prisoners of conscience”.
Among them are journalists, pro-democracy activists, critics of the regime and members of ethnic minority groups fighting for greater autonomy.
Rights groups estimate there are more than 2,000 political detainees in Myanmar prisons.
A government official, who declined to be named, told AFP that political prisoners were “expected to be freed within days”.
According to the BBC, the United States said that if Myanmar showed real progress on issues such as the plight of political prisoners, it would respond.
Myanmar is the subject of sanctions by several western nations.