Despite decades of state sanctioned Islamophobic propaganda and attacks on the Rohingya community, there are…
In an article written on New Straits Times Online by Ferooze Ali, the author discusses the reasons why Myanmar has close to zero motivation for allowing Rohingya representation in the elections.
“First is the population ratio between Buddhists and Muslims. Between 89 percent and 90 percent of the population consist of Bamar Buddhists, while the Rohingyas and other Muslim ethnic communities occupy a minor four per cent of the total Myanmar population, as estimated by the Myanmar government’s latest census; and, second, which more worrying is that a large population of Bamar Buddhists have little sympathy and tolerance for the Rohingyas.”
Ali explains that even Aung San Suu Kyi’s party cannot be expected to turn around the overall anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya sentiments.
“Nevertheless, the broader lesson also is to understand that the responsibility to voice and highlight the plight of Rohingyas should not be primarily expected of any reformist party in Myanmar alone. This should also be shouldered by the international community in continuously applying external pressures on the Myanmar government to reverse its discriminative policies on the ethnic Rohingyas.”
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Burma Task Force encourages everyone to use the hashtag #LetRohingyaVote in their social media posts. Let’s make this a trending topic and raise awareness about this injustice!