The national laws of Myanmar

making of statelessness for the Rohingya

Archana Parashar, Jobair Alam

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This article examines the legal status of the Rohingya in Myanmar by analysing relevant constitutional provisions (of 1947, 1974 and 2008) and other major citizenship legislations including the Citizenship Law, 1982. A doctrinal analysis demonstrates that: (i) the earlier Constitutions and laws provided citizenship for the Rohingya (where they were identified as an ethnic minority); and (ii) their status has been changed gradually under the later constitutions and legislations until recently, when they are regarded as neither minority nor citizen and rendered stateless by the law. The role of legislation in disempowering the Rohingya is thus made explicit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-108
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Migration
Issue number1
Early online date8 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


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