Later this year the government will release more results from the 2014 census. We have already learned that Myanmar’s population is 51,419,420, which is somewhat lower than many had guessed.
A recent survey of over 62,000 Mon people living in the Thanitharyi Region in southeast Myanmar shows 39,582 people have no national identification card and this problem negatively affects Mon representation in parliament, according to a report by the Independent Mon News Agency on February 10.
Eight people arrested in Rakhine State for their refusal to be registered as “Bengali” during Myanmar’s nationwide population census were sentenced December 2 to two years in prison, according to Daw Wai Wai Nu, director of the Women Peace Network Arakan.
Janet Jackson, UNFPA
Myanmar’s first census in more than 30 years, which took place from March 30 to April 10, was not without criticism but occurred relatively without major incident. The United Nations Population Fund had the responsibility of providing technical assistance to the government for the population count. The first batch of provisional results was released in August and the complete details are due to come out in May 2015. Mizzima Weekly’s Hans Hulst sat down with the UNFPA’s country representative, Janet Jackson, for a wide-ranging interview that covered the census process and the challenges ahead.
The religious and ethnic tensions inflamed by Myanmar’s census have created a situation where the release of its “inevitably controversial” results in the coming months will need to be handled with great sensitivity if further dangers are to be minimised, the International Crisis Group has warned in a report issued on May 15.