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Peters Statement on the Release of Danny Fenster

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the release of Michigander Danny Fenster, a journalist who was unjustly detained in Burma:

“At long last: Danny is coming home. This nightmare is finally over for Danny’s family, friends and loved ones. Danny was doing incredible work telling the stories of the Burmese people – and his unjust detention was an attack on the freedom of the press. That’s why I worked with Administration officials and Danny’s family in Michigan to continue to press for Danny’s release, and I want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to bring Danny home.

“To the Fenster family: I’m very happy to say that Danny is finally on his way back to your loving arms.

“To Danny: welcome back home to Michigan.”

Peters has repeatedly called for the release of Danny Fenster and has held numerous conversations with Biden Administration officials regarding Danny’s detention, including with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. He also joined his Michigan delegation colleagues in a bipartisan, bicameral letter calling for Fenster’s immediate and unconditional release, and cosponsored the BURMA Act: bipartisan legislation condemning the Burmese military for its coup earlier this year and authorizing sanctions against the Burmese military for its atrocities.