The Myanmar government, supported by the political opposition and various MPs, has objected to the United Nations human rights committee’s call to grant equal access to citizenship for Rohingya people, saying that the country’s 1982 Citizenship Law will be used to decide the issue.
Earlier this week, the United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee passed a resolution urging Myanmar to give equal access to citizenship to the Rohingyas, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
The government, political parties, and members of parliament have expressed disagreement with the UN resolution.
“We oppose the use of the term ‘Rohingya’ by the United Nations as the government has already announced there are no Rohingyas in Myanmar. Citizenship rights for the Bengalis will be determined by the 1982 Myanmar Citizenship Law,” said a senior official from the President’s Office, who requested not to be named. Continue reading “MYANMAR: Government, political parties and MPs object to UN call for Rohingya citizenship rights”