88 Gen leaders unhappy over passport delays

By Naw Say Phaw Waa
Volume 33, No. 642
September 3 - 9, 2012

Only two of 20 members of the 88 Generation student group who have applied for a passport since April have been successful, a senior member said last week.

"The government should give passports equally to all 20 members of the 88 Generation students who applied since April. But only two members have got them. This is an unacceptable situation," Ko Htay Kywe said last week.

Another senior member, Ko Mya Aye, told Radio Free Asia on August 30 that only him and Min Ko Naing had received passports.

"We [88 Generation leaders] were in jail and released together. Then we applied to get passports together. It's not appropriate that only Min Ko Naing and I got passports and not the others. The government should give the passport equally … within 21 days," he said.

Ko Pyone Cho said the group had asked for but not yet received an explanation from the government.

He said the group's members had been invited to visit some foreign countries but would not go abroad until they all had received passports.

"We will only accept [the passports] if we all get them," he said.