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”.

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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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