Is Myanmar’s transition to democracy tainted by the persecution of Rohingya Muslims? Inside Story -Al Jazeera

Inside Story Al-Jazeera
Guests:
Tun Khin – President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation, UK.
Kyaw Zwa Moe – The Irrawaddy News Magazine in Naypyidaw.
Adam Cooper – Myanmar Country Representative at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Yangon.

Maung Tun Khin (aka) Ziaul Gaffar (President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation, UK) is a Rohingya Activist last night spoke on “Is Myanmar’s transition to democracy tainted by the persecution of Rohingya Muslims?” in Inside Story Al-Jazeera
Maung Tun Khin highlighted … “People voted for hope, not for hate”
“It is clear that the huge resources and efforts made by president Thein Sein’s military-backed government, and Ma Ba Tha and other nationalist extremists, warning against voting for the NLD, failed to have a significant impact when people voted. People voted for hope, not for hate.
The election result demonstrates the support and power Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has. Her leadership speaking on Rohingya issue would make a significant difference and give others in Burma who support human rights for the Rohingya to have the ‘cover’ and confidence to add their voices”.
  • Action against hate-speech and extremists
  • NLD-led government should immediately lift all restrictions on the operations of international aid agencies in Rakhine State and take action to ensure the security of aid workers.
  • At the root cause of the denial of rights of the Rohingya is the 1982 Citizenship Law. The lack of full citizenship lies at the root of most of the discrimination faced by the Rohingya, including lack of freedom of movement, and access to health and education services.
  • There is no way Rohingya issue can be avoided, and it is much better that an NLD-led government bite the bullet and deal with it at the start of their period in government when they have a new and strong mandate, strong party unity, and elections are years away.
Myanmar’s first democratically-elected parliament in decades is being called historic. But it’s also the first Parliament that does not include a single Muslim legislator.
More than a million Muslim Rohingya, who do not have citizenship, were prevented from voting in November’s election.
They are among the most persecuted people on earth. Hundreds were killed during violence between Muslim and Buddhist communities in 2012. Muslim-owned businesses and homes were burned.
Since then, 140,000 Rohingya have been forced into refugee camps. Tens of thousands more have fled from the country on overcrowded boats.
So, what will Myanmar’s new mainly civilian government mean for the Rohingya?

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