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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘Using citizenship as a weapon’ targets Myanmar military critics

Critics say Myanmar’s military regime has revoked the citizenship of 33 prominent opposition figures since March, criticizing the move as a violation of human rights and international law.

Among those targeted were diplomats, prominent individuals and prominent activists who opposed the military coup last year. He said three separate advertisements in state media had been revoked because of “acts that could harm Myanmar’s interests.”

The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won re-election and took control of the military in February 2021, but was not recognized by the military. The coup sparked a political crisis – hundreds of thousands of government workers went on strike, millions took to the streets in protest of military action.

Among those deprived of their citizenship was Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kiao Motou. Surprisingly, shortly after the coup, they pledged allegiance to the overthrown government. The military is allowed to occupy a seat at the United Nations as it fights for international recognition. Among those stripped of their citizenship were Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kiao Zawar Min, and Tet Hatar Mia, the second secretary of the US embassy in Myanmar.

The policy targets prominent members of the National Unity Government, a rival cabinet formed by some politicians elected in the November 2020 elections.

“Junta’s attempt to harm us and make us stateless is completely illegal and does not stop me and my colleagues from working for the brave Myanmar people who have suffered for so long. Nug Spokesman and Minister for International Cooperation Dr. Sasa told Al Jazeera that it will definitely strengthen our commitment.

Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, said the policy is a recent example of “using citizenship as a weapon.”

Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kiao Motun, was among 33 people stripped of their military citizenship, state media reported. [File: Brendan McDermid/Reuters]

“In the 1990s and early 2000s, there were many pro-democracy activists from Burma who did not return to Burma,” he said, adding that these issues could not be resolved without democracy.

Amnesty International’s deputy director of research, Emlynlin Gill, said that if citizens were to be stateless, termination of citizenship would be “in violation of international law.”

“This is a possible result for the victims of the Myanmar military,” Gill said.

He added: “The termination of citizenship seems to be part of the revenge process in the country.

Sasa notes Denial of citizenship have long been a tactic for Myanmar’s “genocide”.

“Hundreds of thousands of Myanmar, especially the Rohingya brothers and sisters, have had the same fate. You live in a country without a country, you only know the country, ”he said.

Many NLD members were recently convicted of genocide in the United States in response to the military’s crackdown on the Rohingya.

Many in the pro-democracy movement have described Muslim Rohingya as “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh, citing what Amnesty International once described as “apartheid”. Aung San Suu Kyi defended the soldiers at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

A.D.  Rohingya women with umbrellas roam the chocolate-brown channel after fleeing Myanmar in 2017.
Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya have been accused of being illegal immigrants in 2017, and hundreds of thousands have fled. [File: AM Ahad/AP Photo]

Following the coup, however, Nug changed his mind and decided to protect Rohingya’s human rights and recognize their citizenship in Myanmar.

Passports canceled

Myanmar generals are not the only ones using citizenship as a weapon against their opponents and critics.

Activists and politicians in other Southeast Asian countries are also subject to dictatorial restrictions.

A.D. In 2019, the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs revoked the passports of 12 prominent opposition politicians, apparently to prevent them from returning home. The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also revoked the passports of political activists in 2021 to prevent them from fleeing the country.

Robertson called on Cambodia and Thailand to “immediately stop these acts” as they violated the “right to move and to enter and leave the country.”

It is a small step from canceling passports to revoking Myanmar citizenship. In both cases, the exiles are barred from returning home.

The president of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) and a co-American citizen of the United States is one of the Cambodian nationals whose passports have been revoked.

“There is nothing worse than being deprived of your citizenship and having the right to return to your homeland,” she told Al Jazeera. In 2017, CNRP President Kem Soka fled the country after being arrested on treason charges. The case has been dismissed as politically motivated. She is barred from returning in 2019.

She said: “I left Cambodia overnight after passing through the United States, leaving home, the country, the people under my control, and my most important wife, Ash.

Before leaving Cambodia, she said she would burn incense and seek spiritual help to visit her husband’s chad or tomb during festivals and other important events.

Mo Sowuwa holds a Cambodian flag during a rally following the 2013 elections.
Other rulers in Southeast Asia have also targeted citizenship, with Cambodia revoking the passports of several opposition politicians, including Mo Soshuwa, who staged post-election protests in 2013. [File: Heng Sinith/AP Photo]

You cannot perform these important rituals because you are denied access to Cambodia.

“A passport for a person living abroad is just your relationship with your country. It is your legal and national identity for any citizen. Even your pride. Having a passport is your constitutional right,” she said. She says five of her colleagues now have no travel documents.

She said she had met Sassa about the situation in Myanmar. “Self-government learns from each other. She says she is a member of a club that has failed in many ways in preventing the member states of the Southeast Asian nations from taking such action.

Others warn that Western governments may set a good example for citizens of ISIL (ISIS) by stripping them of their citizenship.

A recent study by the Institute for Statelessness and Inclusion found “shocking gravity” (CDF) on citizenship, and in many European countries as well as in the Middle East, there is a growing body of anti-graft.

Although the data is small, Bahrain has deported large numbers of people over the past 20 years, and the United Kingdom has been declared a “global leader in the competition below”, with 212 people denied citizenship.

“Western countries’ actions in depriving their citizens of ISIS fighters in Syria and elsewhere have created a slippery slope that dictators like Myanmar generals can use to justify their actions,” Robertson warned.

Although ISIL (ISIS) fighters may strike less sympathizers than democrats, experts say there is no legal difference in the process of deporting a person.

Robertson added: “Governments on the board must stop targeting their citizens simply because they do not like what one does.

Opponents, such as Sassa, do not recognize the soldiers’ ability to identify.

“I take this land, this culture, my identity, my heritage in my heart. It cannot be taken from me, it cannot be beaten, and I will never allow it. My identity is not defined by hatred or narrow-mindedness. ”


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