|Rakhine State Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn. Photo: Rakhine State Government Office|
Myanmar has halted a national pilot project to verify the citizenship status of Muslim minorities in Rakhine State, according to a report by Voice of America on February 5.
|Yanghee Lee (C), United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, arrives at Thet Kel Pyin Internally Displaced Persons camp near Sittwe on January 8. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA|
Muslims in Rakhine State who were granted citizenship in September are still being barred from leaving IDP camps where they were relocated after the outbreak of violence in 2012, United Nations envoy Yanghee Lee said in Yangon on January 16.
|A Rohingya woman carries a water pot at Bawdupah internally displaced people's camp on the outskirts of Sittwe, Rakhine State on May 18, 2013. Photo: Soe Than Win/AFP|
The Rakhine State government will file a complaint with the Myanmar government if the United Nations intervenes and calls for citizenship for Rohingyas in western Myanmar, according to the state minister in a statement issued on January 7.