UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there's still time for Myanmar's military rulers to make upcoming elections more credible by freeing all political prisoners.
"It's not too late, even now," Ban said Friday on the sidelines of an Asian summit in Vietnam. "By releasing all political prisoners, Myanmar authorities could help or pave the way for a national reconciliation."
Myanmar's military junta has been under increasing pressure to ensure the Nov. 7 elections — the country's first in two decades — are free and fair. But many critics have dismissed the vote as a pre-rigged sham.
Human rights groups estimate that more than 2,000 political prisoners remain detained in the secretive state, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.