Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, November 13, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 11132020 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, November 13, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 7 minutes
· Joint statement from INGO's: ASEAN must prevent another “Rohingya boat crisis”
· Military Welcomes AA’s Request to hold by-elections in Rakhine State where Polls cancelled
· Myanmar Election Authorities Reject Opposition Complaints About Vote
· Biden Names Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 10:00 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: MR. ANWAR @ U KYAW MIN
Chairperson of Democracy and Human Rights Party (DHRP)
Based in Rangoon, Myanmar
Topic: Myanmar has held General Elections without Rohingya candidacy and voting rights
Translation Summary: U Kyaw Min, chairperson of Democracy and Human Rights Party told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that majority of NRC (National Registration Card ) holders could exercise their voting rights and many candidates contested on November 8, 2020, Myanmar general elections except for only Rohingya Muslim. Rohingya rights to participate in election was stripped since 2015. This time also in 2020 general election Rohingya are not in voters’ lists. There are three Rohingya registered political parties, among them only DHRP had very cautiously applied to contest in five seats which were all rejected by the election commission with the accusation that the applicant's parents did not hold Burmese citizenship cards when they were born. In fact, there were no citizen certificates for the nations except National Registration Card (NRC). But now the Election Commission has said that the NRC held by the applicant's parents and grandparents is not a valid document for citizenship. Therefore, it is clear that the Burmese government discriminated ethically and religiously against Rohingya. However, we have been trying our best with many debates and challenges to prove that Rohingya are origin indigenous people living in Arakan state for centuries. As you may know, on the eve of the November 8, 2020, election day, we released a press statement on behalf of Democracy and Human Rights Party to inform the people of Myanmar and the international community that Rohingya are denied accessing their voting rights which is not fair, and applied policies aimed at racial inequity.
He added, despite not allowing Rohingya to participate in elections and not holding elections in nine townships in Rakhine state & a few in Shan state, the world still would recognize the election. Rohingya’s disenfranchisement is not a serious concern in many countries. There are many countries interested in Myanmar and they will continue to support the Burmese government policies.
He said, the newly elected government or NLD government would face multiple challenges including peacemaking with armed groups, settling Rohingya and their citizenship rights issues, amending or rewriting the constitution, and avoiding the ICJ’s orders. The Gambia’s attorney group mentioned that we have more than enough evidence to prove the hearing for the Myanmar genocide case and we have never seen in the ICJ’s history such many strong documents submitted. It is believed that the ICJ must judge the case on the Rohingya genocide.
My personal assessment is US Congress and Senate were very eager to solve the Rohingya crisis where the administrative branch was a little passive. So, the US did not take an initiative to solve the Rohingya crisis. But I hope coming Joe Biden's government will take practical steps to rescue the Rohingya with their full citizenship rights, repatriation, compensation, and future security gua