Burma Removes Hundreds of Names From Blacklist

Suu Kyi’s sons among hundreds Burma removes from blacklist

September 1, 2012

By Lindsay Murdoch

BANGKOK: The Burmese government has removed hundreds of people from its long-secretive immigration blacklist, including the two sons of the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and dozens of prominent Australians.

The move is the latest sign of change in the once secretive and oppressive nation, coming only days after a cabinet reshuffle that strengthened the authority of reformers at the expense of hardliners.

”These relaxations are in line with the country’s transformation,” Nay Zin Latt, a spokesman for the President, Thein Sein, said before the list of 1147 people began circulating in Burma.

Dr Nay Zin Latt said more names on a list believed to number about 6000 would eventually be removed and ”only those who were put on the blacklist due to criminal and economic misdemeanours will remain on the blacklist”.


For decades, Burma’s military regime punished critics by banning them or their family members from the country.

Read the rest of the article here: Sydney Morning Herald

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/suu-kyis-sons-among-hundreds-burma-removes-from-blacklist-20120831-255hn.html#ixzz25EsPEEqa

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