WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is criticizing Myanmar’s decision to invalidate temporary citizenship cards for minority Rohingya Muslims.
Top State Department envoy on human rights, Tom Malinowski, registered his concern in a tweet Thursday.
He wrote that invalidating the so-called white cards is counter to hoped-for reconciliation in Arakan (Rakhine) State and inclusive elections.
Many Rohingya have been forced to leave their ancestral land in deadly violence by majority Buddhists in that region.
The cards were instituted by the former ruling junta for minorities in the process of applying for citizenship.
Myanmar’s president declared Wednesday that the cards would be invalidated at the end of March. That negated an earlier decision that would have allowed card holders to vote and had prompted Buddhists to protest.
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