Election Authorities Reject Four More Rohingya Candidates at Rakhine State

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Four Rohingya men trying to conduct in Myanmar’s forthcoming general elections are disqualified over concerns regarding their parents’ citizenship, for example a party leader who won a seat in parliament at 1990 but had been jailed by the prior military-run authorities, the candidates said Monday.

Kyaw Min, creator of this Rohingya-led Democracy and Human Rights Party, along with also two additional DHRP candidates running for seats at the western state of Rakhine were rejected on Monday.

Still another party performer, whose father had worked as a civil servant for almost four years, has been rejected on the very same grounds a week.

After Kyaw Min, 76, initially won a parliamentary seat representing Rakhine’s Buthidaung township 30 decades before, but his celebration was prohibited in 1992 and that he afterwards joined a committee with all present Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

On Monday, election commission officials at Maungdaw district, that includes Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, rejected Kyaw Min’s program along with people of Aung Hla and Saw Myint, who intended to competition for seats for the Rakhine state parliament in 2 Buthidaung constituencies.

The fourth largest offender, Abu Tahay, also called Thar Aye, is a Rohingya rights activist and not connected with a political party. It was uncertain when on which course he had been disqualified.

“That is our basic right — the fundamental rights of a cultural group since the period of Myanmar’s independence,” Kyaw Min told RFA’s Myanmar Service. “They’re currently depriving usclaiming our parents aren’t citizens.”

Kyaw Min, dad of Rohingya activist Wai Wai Nu, stated he along with the two additional DHRP candidates were advised that they had been rejected because their parents weren’t citizens when they had been born, since they held just federal ID cards, rather than citizenship affirmation cards.

The politician,” also referred to as Shamsul Anwarul Huq, stated that holders of those federal ID cards are citizens of Myanmar which he’d appeal the decision in the national government level.

National ID cards, also called Ah.Ma.Ta cards, have been issued only to taxpayers, rather than to foreigners, ” he said.

“It had been clearly mentioned in law. The holder of Ah.Ma.Ta national ID cards are taxpayers,” Kyaw Min stated.

Kyaw Min stated he enrolled the DHRP in 2012 and obtained consent for it the next year following verifying the citizenship of his parents and family members.

Not evidence of citizenship

Kyaw Myint, chairman of Maungdaw district election commission, claimed the DHRP applicants’ parents weren’t Myanmar taxpayers once the candidates were first born, citing Department 10 of Myanmar’s Election Law.

“Article 10 of the Election Law is a very clear mandate on such problem,” he told RFA. “When the parents weren’t citizens once the candidate had been born, the candidacy will likely be reversed.”

Kyaw Than, secretary of the district election committee, stated the Ah.Ma.Ta ID cards were issued to taxpayers who might lawfully become taxpayers, but they weren’t necessarily evidence of citizenship.

Hence the candidates were refused because their parents didn’t acquire new citizenship ID cards,” he told RFA.

Those born to parents using Ah.Ma.Ta ID cards have been permitted to become citizens but can’t establish political parties,” Kyaw Than said. Additionally, they could vote but aren’t permitted to become elected lawmakers.

Until Myanmar permits Rohingya applicants to run for parliamentary seats, the authorities won’t have the ability to repatriate some of those approximately 840,000 Rohingya who fled to neighboring Bangladesh through military-led crackdown in their northern Rakhine communities in 2016 and 2017, Thar Aye stated.

“Just if we’re permitted to participate will it ease causes like building social stability with our cultural group, the [Rohingya refugees’] return to Myanmar, also developing a peaceful society,” he told RFA. “If we’re not included, it’ll be difficult to attain these goals because we’re members of this team ”

About 25 contenders in November’s race are publicly advocating for Muslim minority rights from the predominantly Buddhist nation, stating they plan to undertake discriminatory policies, particularly those against the Rohingya that are deemed illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

However, the majority of the Muslim candidates are over 60 years old, and their parents don’t have federal verification cards, that weren’t issued before 1990.

‘Manipulation of this legislation’

All Rights activist Nickey Diamond out of Fortify Rights stated the rejection of Muslim candidates control present legislation to persecute the Rohingya.

“We see the discrimination targeting Rohingya,” he explained.

Authorities started issuing pink-colored federal verification cards 1990, in order that those born earlier then wouldn’t have the cards whenever they had not restored existing ones. He explained.

“That really is the manipulation of this discrimination and law targeting the Rohingya,” Diamond said.

The exception of Rohingya Muslim applicants will tarnish the standing of the judgment National League for Democracy (NLD) authorities and may result in negative results in a pending case against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), said Diamond.

Myanmar confronts genocide-related changes in the Netherlands-based tribunal because of its expulsion of the Rohingya through the 2017 crackdown.

Launched in 1989 since the National Democratic Party for Human Rights, the DHRP has advocated Rohingya rights in northern Rakhine where greater than 300,000 members of this Muslim cultural minority still reside at Buthidaung, Maungdaw, and Rathedaung townships.

Of the seven candidates that the DHRP has nominated for the Nov. 8 elections, four have been reversed.

About Aug. 11, Sittwe district election officials resisted the program of Abdul Rasheed who was disqualified over concerns about his parents’ citizenship, even though his dad worked as a civil servant for almost four years, along with his mum holds a citizenship certificate.

Reported by Kyaw Lwin Oo for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English from Roseanne Gerin.


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