All the world is watching as Myanmar gears up for historic elections on November 8. Western governments and human rights organizations hoped this would be a potential watershed for democracy and both “inclusive and credible” -- as this was first time since military rule that democratic forces, led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, would vye in a general election against the military-backed governing party. In the run-up to the election, however, the inclusivity and credibility of the elections were marred by the deliberate exclusion of Myanmar’s Muslim minority, who number around one million in Myanmar. More than 500,000 Rohingya who cast votes in elections five years ago have been struck from the electoral rolls and will be unable to vote until providing proof of citizenship.
U Shwe Maung, a former member of Myanmar’s Parliament was planning to run for re-election until the country’s election commission ruled that (despite more than four years in office), he was not a citizen and thus was ineligible to run for re-election in landmark elections. Please join us for a talk by Mr. Shwe Maung that outlines the ongoing mass discrimination, disenfranchisement and suffering of the Rohingya and what to expect in Myanmar, post-election.
Cosponsored with Oregon Burmese Muslim Association and the Muslim Educational Trust