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World Myanmar bars Rohingya candidate from contesting election

16:05  12 august  2020
16:05  12 august  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Myanmar bars Rohingya candidate from election

  Myanmar bars Rohingya candidate from election A Rohingya Muslim has been barred from standing in Myanmar's upcoming election, in a decision decried by rights groups as discriminatory and a symptom of the "ongoing genocide" against the persecuted minority. "This rejection is discriminatory and not unrelated to the ongoing genocide of Rohingya," said Matthew Smith from Fortify Rights, a group for which Rasheed also consults. "The government of Myanmar must end its mass disenfranchisement of Rohingya.

A Rohingya Muslim has been barred from standing in Myanmar 's upcoming election , in a decision decried by rights groups as discriminatory and a symptom of Three Rohingya -led parties had hoped to field at least a dozen candidates in November's vote, according to regional watchdog Fortify Rights.

However the Myanmar government earlier this year revoked the voting rights of most of the country's estimated 1 million Rohingya , a move supported by the National League for "There are only 10 Rohingya in Buthidaung township who will be able to vote in November election ," said Shwe Maung.

a person standing in front of a building: The Muslim minority has had citizenship and other rights eroded over decades [Andalou] © [Andalou] The Muslim minority has had citizenship and other rights eroded over decades [Andalou]

A Rohingya Muslim has been barred from standing in Myanmar's upcoming election, in a decision decried by rights groups as discriminatory and a symptom of the "ongoing genocide" against the persecuted minority.

A 2017 military operation drove 750,000 Rohingya out of the country into sprawling refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, prompting genocide charges at the UN's top court.

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The Rohingya have taken part in every election since Myanmar — then known as Burma — gained independence in 1948. As well as revoking Rohingya voting rights, the Union Election Committee also rejected all Muslim parliamentary candidates hoping to contest next week’s election .

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Myanmar has denied the allegations and justified the military operations as a means of rooting out "terrorists".

Another 600,000 Rohingya remain in Myanmar, but most are not regarded as citizens and will have no vote, living in what Amnesty International describes "apartheid" conditions.

Three Rohingya-led parties had hoped to field at least a dozen candidates in November's vote, according to regional watchdog Fortify Rights.

But Abdul Rasheed, 58, a member of the Democracy and Human Rights Party, told Fortify Rights, which monitors the situation of the Rohingya minority, that he was denied the right to run for office in Myanmar's forthcoming national elections.

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The commission said this was because his parents were not Myanmar citizens when he was born, Rasheed said - even though he had proof his parents and grandparents were granted citizenship in 1957, four years before his birth.

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General elections were held in Myanmar on 8 November 2015, with the National League for Democracy winning a supermajority of seats in the combined national parliament. Voting occurred in all constituencies, excluding seats appointed by the military

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"They don't want Rohingya in the parliament and that is the only reason this is happening," Abdul Rasheed told Fortify Rights.

"Why are there restrictions for Rohingya? Why is there a separate set of questions for Rohingya? These are my questions."

Sittwe's election commission was not immediately available for comment.

The Muslim minority has had citizenship and other rights eroded over decades.

Rasheed, who said his father worked as a Myanmar government civil servant for more than 30 years, also tried without success to stand in the country's landmark 2015 election.

"This rejection is discriminatory and not unrelated to the ongoing genocide of Rohingya," said Matthew Smith from Fortify Rights.

"The government of Myanmar must end its mass disenfranchisement of Rohingya."

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