With just two days to go before the historic poll in Myanmar, Amnesty International has criticized the Southeast Asian country for continued repression of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims.
The UK-based rights body says the Myanmar elections are marred by the imprisonment of activists, restrictions on free speech, and disenfranchisement of Muslims.
It says scores of people have been handed jail terms simply for speaking out or protesting against the military-backed regime. Last month, Amnesty released a briefing which documented the flagrant violations of the human rights of Rohingya Muslims.
The 1.3 million Rohingya population has faced systematic persecution despite living in Myanmar for centuries. Many Muslim villages are deserted following deadly riots perpetrated by state-backed Buddhist extremists. Now, Rohingyas have been barred from either voting or contesting in the elections.