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Campaign Aung San Suu Kyi in Arakan Shadowed Rohingya Issue

Campaign Aung San Suu Kyi in Arakan Shadowed Rohingya Issue
October 16
14:00 2015

Arakan- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi start a three-day campaign in the state of Arakan (Rakhine), which is the site of conflict between Buddhists by Muslim ethnic Rohingya.

Reuters reported, Suu Kyi arrived in Arakan (Rakhine) on Friday (16/10) will be campaigning in many parts of the country except the Akyab (Sittwe) region whose citizens are less supportive of the National League for Democracy, NLD.

Suu Kyi’s campaign in Arakan (Rakhine) be overshadowed minority Rohingya issue as the allegations of a local party, the National Party of Arakan, ANP, who said NLD too pro Rohingya and do not care about the Buddhists in the region.

ANP as a right-wing nationalist party called a major role in a wave of violence in Arakan (Rakhine) that makes hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee, including to Indonesia.

On the other hand, some residents of Myanmar and the international community criticized Suu Kyi as judged not simply take part in stopping violence against Rohingya. Suu Kyi has been shown to avoid comment on the rights of citizens for the Rohingya.

In the next 8 November elections, they would not have voting rights because they are not recognized as citizens in their own ancestral land.

About 140 thousand Rohingya is currently still in overcrowded camps in Arakan (Rakhine). Since Myanmar’s military rule ended in 2011, the fate of the Rohingya ethnic Bangladesh deemed not improved.

Suu Kyi arrived in Thandwe and will immediately set off a campaign in Toungup. This small town is known as one of the causes of violence against the Rohingya in June 2012. At that time 10 Rohingya Muslims were slaughtered after the bus that was traveling was intercepted residents.

Thandwe is also not free from religious violence. In October 2013, the Rakhine Buddhists killed five ethnic Kaman Muslims in the city. Unlike the Rohingyas, Kaman is recognized as one of the 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar. Clashes, hundreds of people have been displaced.

John Yin Win, NLD chairman in Thandwe, admit they could still prevail in the region despite the small chances. NLD, he said, focus on reconciliation.

Although supporting the union, but the NLD refused to accept Muslims as one of the 1,100 candidates of their MPs.

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