citizenship including those with a foreign parent as long as the other parent is a citizen.
The 1982 law, enacted by former military ruler Ne Win, recognises the 135 national races in Burma but specifically excludes the Rohingya. It replaced the 1948 citizenship act, which stipulates that any person who has resided in Burma for more than two generations is entitled to citizenship.
The legislation has been widely condemned as incompatible with international human rights standards, including the right to a nationality. Amnesty International has previously slated the law for its “over-burdensome requirements for citizenship” and its “discriminatory effects on racial or ethnic minorities particularly the Rakhine [Arakanese] Muslims.” Rohingya are denied basic civic rights, such as access to health and education.
“My grandfather was a Burmese parliamentary secretary, how can I not qualify for citizenship?” asked Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) and a stateless refugee living in London, during an interview with DVB.If the new citizenship law was not firm, the people in Rakhine State will suffer, warned MP Kyaw Kyaw, who was one of those who objected.