Myanmar activists say they will get passports

AP News
Posted: Sep 19, 2012 12:00 PM
Myanmar activists say they will get passports

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government has agreed to grant passports to activists who complained they had not been issued despite applying months ago.

Activist Soe Tun said Wednesday that police informed his political group that applications made by 16 members five to six months ago have been approved.

Passports in Myanmar are generally issued within three weeks. Three group members who received passports last week publicly protested the delay in their colleagues' cases.

The action came two days after about 90 political detainees were released in an amnesty. Rights groups believe several hundred remain imprisoned.

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Activists accused the government of releasing the prisoners as a public relations gesture ahead of a visit by President Thein Sein to the U.N. General Assembly.

Rights groups say many former political prisoners are unable to obtain passports.