As leaders and activists from diverse ethnic communities we affirm that we stand in solidarity…
The Burmese government has refused to allow the Rohingya Muslim minority to vote since 2015, and we ask that these voting rights be restored. Democracy cannot be based on oppression or exclusion of minority populations. Despite these serious concerns, the international community has helped fund the Burmese election, for example with the mVoter2020 app, launched last week to improve voter awareness, and unfortunately labeling at least two Rohingya candidates as “Bengali”, implying they are immigrants from Bangladesh.
Action: Tell United Nations affiliated program International IDEA to ensure that the word “Rohingya” is included to describe the candidates. Click To Tweet to IDEA:The Burmese government has refused to allow the Rohingya Muslim minority to vote since 2015. We ask that these voting rights be restored. @Int_IDEA, please ensure that the word Rohingya is included to describe the candidates #Rohingya Click To Tweet Please ensure the word Rohingya is included in the mVoter2020 app that you have helped to fund and support. We strongly encourage you to insist on this. @Int_IDEA @marcus_brand Click To Tweet Democracy cannot exist without support for pluralism and human rights. Let's not be complicit in policies of disenfranchisement, which is widespread in Burma. Thank you very much for your important efforts. @Int_IDEA @marcus_brand Click To Tweet
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