Burma has removed the names of 64 Thai citizens, mostly journalists, entertainers and human rights activists, from its blacklist. The names included a prominent rock musician Ad Carabao.
Of the 1,147 blacklisted names, the 64 Thai nationals included two Bangkok Post journalists Sanitsuda Ekachai and Wassana Nanuam, according to a story in The Bangkok Post on Sunday.
Freelance journalist and writer Phil Thornton was also removed from the list.
Brian Marcar (BEC Tero), a Burmese native who later adopted Thai nationality, was also removed from the list.
Several artists and female activists were removed including Yuenyong Opakul (Ad Carabao), Chantawipa Apisuk and her husband Chumpon Apisuk, Maytinee Bhongves, Suteera Thomson, Chalida Tajareonsak, Somsri Hananuntasuk, and the late Teerawat Karnjanaprakorn, a well-known economist and labour rights scholar who passed away a decade ago.
Other journalists, some of whom are no longer involved in the press, who have been removed from the blacklist include Prayat Wessanarat, Chib Jitniyom, Thepchai Yong, Panadda Lertlamampai, Yindee Lertcharoenchok, Subhatra Bhumiprapas, Supalak Ganjanakhundee, Trairat Sunthornprapas, and Anchalee Paireerak.
Well-known historian and former Thammasat University rector Charnvit Kasetsiri was also removed from the list, as were former members of the National Human Rights Commission Jaran Ditapichai and Sutin Noppakul.