|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.
|Civic groups in Rakhine State are protesting against "white card" holders being given the opportunity to vote in a referendum over changing the constitution. Here, in an earlier protest, Rakhine ethnic people hold the Myanmar national flag, Buddhist flag, banners and placards during a protest march in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, June 12, 2014. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA|
The Rakhine Women’s Network and other Rakhine activists have announced they will stage a protest against parliament’s decision to allow “white card” holders to vote in a national referendum by hoisting Buddhist flags at homes.
|Monk U Wirathu delivers a speech during a protest against a UN resolution urging Myanmar to offer Rohingyas full citizenship, Yangon, Myanmar on January 16, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
In an angry speech in Yangon, influential monk U Wirathu compared the UN envoy Mr Yanghee Lee to a “prostitute” for what he claimed was her bias towards Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
|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.
|Ms Yanghee Lee (4-L), United Nations Special Rapporteur for Myanmar, arrives as Muslim children demonstrate with posters at Thet Kel Pyin Muslim Internally Displaced Persons camp near Sittwe in Rakhine State, January 8, 2015. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA|
Rohingya living in refugee camps in Sittwe Township in Rakhine State staged a demonstration Saturday asking for the right to vote in the upcoming 2015 general elections during the visit of UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.