Citizenship cards issued to over 300 people in Rakhine in four-month period

A school (temporary) at Thetkepyin IDP camp in Sittway. Photo: Aye Chan Khaing/Mizzima

The government issued a press release dated June 12 which says of the people who applied for citizenship, 339 people who are entitled to citizenship were issued cards.

This press release covers the period of January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018.

Among the applicants for citizenship, 87 children who have attained 10-years of age and 252 adults who have attained 18-years of age were issued citizenship cards (pink cards) under the 1982 Myanmar Citizenship Law.

But the government press release did not disclose detailed figures on how many people applied for citizenship.

The government said that they had issued National Verification Cards (NVC) to 379 people in Shwezar village-tracts, Maungdaw Township and 1,907 people from Thaechaung, Thetkepyin villages, Aungmingala Ward, Sittway.

The government press release says that they are issuing NVC cards in Sittway, Thetkepyin IDP camp, Sittway, Khaung Dokkar IDP camp and Kyauktaw, and Noedin IDP camp which are designated pilot areas.

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