Since taking power on 30 March 2016, Myanmar’s new government, which is dominated by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, has done little to address the situation of Rohingya in the country. While the government has taken a number of steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, it has failed to adequately address the long-‐standing discriminatory and
abusive practices against Rohingya in Rakhine State.
Parliament fails to repeal or amend discriminatory legislation
The NLD has made no attempt to remove the legal obstacles that seriously restrict the fundamental rights of Rohingya. Shortly after the NLD’s victory in the November 2015 election, NLD Central Executive Committee member Win Htein said that addressing the situation of Rohingya was not among the party’s priorities and maintained that most Rohingya were illegal immigrants who had to be “returned” to Bangladesh.
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