Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Burma removes 2,000 exiles from ‘blacklist’

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:38 Mizzima News

Burma cut its list of blacklisted persons by about one-third on Monday, but that still leaves over 4,000 exiled citizens who cannot return to their native land.

More than 100,000 people protested against the military government in Rangoon during the 2007 Saffron Revolution, which was led by Buddhist monks. Many activists went into exile and ended up on the government's blacklist, preventing them from returning to their homeland. Photo: Mizzima

Of those, many are journalists, activists and others who worked to create democracy during the days of the military regime, which relinquished direct control in 2010.

The government said the ban was lifted on 2,082 of the country's 6,165 blacklisted persons after “scrutinizing them in conformity with the current policies,” according to an article on the Voice of America website on Tuesday.

An article in the state-run New Light of Myanmar did not mention any of the names removed from the list.

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