Myanmar bars Rohingya candidate from election

Life goes on for the Rohingya in the Thet Kel Pyin internally displaced persons camp in Sittwe, Rakhine, Myanmar, on February 29, 2020. The state does not recognised most of the Rohingya as citizens. – EPA pic, August 12, 2020.

A ROHINGYA Muslim has been barred from standing in Myanmar’s upcoming election, in a decision decried by rights groups as discriminatory and a symptom of the “ongoing genocide” against the persecuted minority.

A 2017 military operation drove 750,000 Rohingya out of the country into sprawling refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, prompting genocide charges at the UN’s top court. 

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